Patient Preparation

If collecting saliva refrain from eating or drinking within 10 minutes of collection.

Collection tube

Nasopharyngeal Swab, Oropharyngeal swab, nasal swab, or nasal turbinate in 2-3 ml of UTM, Eswab, or sterile saline.

Also acceptable

Nasal Aspirate - Collect 2-3 mL into a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap collection cup or sterile dry container.
Sputum - expectorate deep cough sputum (not saliva) directly into a sterile, leak-proof, dry screw-cap container.
BAL - Collect 2-3 mL into a sterile, leak-proof, dry screw-cap container.
Saliva - Collect 2-3 mL saliva into a sterile, leak-proof, dry screw-cap container. Refrain from eating or drinking with 10 minutes before collection.

Preferred Volume

2-3 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 ml

Unacceptable Conditions

Samples older than 7 days
Improperly labeled, (vial must clearly denote patient name and date of birth)
Grossly contaminated, broken or leaking transport device
Specimens received in gel transport media used for bacterial cultures

Storage/Transport Temperature

Ambient - Room Temperature
Refrigerated - cooler with ice pack
Frozen - cooler with dry ice

Stability (from collection to initiation)

Stable for up to 7 days ambient or refrigerated
Frozen (-70C) 90 days

Special Handling

Order codes:
- MIP0020 - SARS-CoV-2 Only
- MIP0020-R - SARS-CoV-2 Reflex (Reflexis to FLU/RSV and/or Respitory panel)
 

CPT Codes

U0003

LOINC

  • 94309-2

Synonyms

  • COVID-19
Collection

Patient Preparation

If collecting saliva refrain from eating or drinking within 10 minutes of collection.

Collection tube

Nasopharyngeal Swab, Oropharyngeal swab, nasal swab, or nasal turbinate in 2-3 ml of UTM, Eswab, or sterile saline.

Also acceptable

Nasal Aspirate - Collect 2-3 mL into a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap collection cup or sterile dry container.
Sputum - expectorate deep cough sputum (not saliva) directly into a sterile, leak-proof, dry screw-cap container.
BAL - Collect 2-3 mL into a sterile, leak-proof, dry screw-cap container.
Saliva - Collect 2-3 mL saliva into a sterile, leak-proof, dry screw-cap container. Refrain from eating or drinking with 10 minutes before collection.

Preferred Volume

2-3 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 ml

Unacceptable Conditions

Samples older than 7 days
Improperly labeled, (vial must clearly denote patient name and date of birth)
Grossly contaminated, broken or leaking transport device
Specimens received in gel transport media used for bacterial cultures

Storage/Transport Temperature

Ambient - Room Temperature
Refrigerated - cooler with ice pack
Frozen - cooler with dry ice

Stability (from collection to initiation)

Stable for up to 7 days ambient or refrigerated
Frozen (-70C) 90 days

Special Handling

Order codes:
- MIP0020 - SARS-CoV-2 Only
- MIP0020-R - SARS-CoV-2 Reflex (Reflexis to FLU/RSV and/or Respitory panel)
 
Ordering / Resulting

CPT Codes

U0003

LOINC

  • 94309-2

Synonyms

  • COVID-19