Collection Instructions

Use only synthetic fiber swabs with plastic shafts. Do not use calcium alginate swabs or swabs with wooden shafts, as they may contain substances that inactivate some viruses and inhibit PCR testing. Place swabs immediately into sterile tubes containing 3 ml UTM (viral transport media).

Nasopharyngeal swab: Insert a swab into the nostril parallel to the palate. Leave the swab in place for a few seconds to absorb secretions.

Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal aspirate:  Collect 2-3 mL into a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap sputum collection cup or sterile dry container.

Collect

Single NP swab. NP wash/aspirate and BAL specimens are also acceptable.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: >24 hours (2-8 o C).
 

Unacceptable Conditions

Unlabeled specimens, wooden swabs, swabs not in UTM collected >24 hours ago.

Remarks

Testing for COVID-19 is available based on the provider’s clinical judgement. Testing of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patients is strongly discouraged. At a minimum, patients should have influenza-like illness or febrile lower respiratory infection.
 

Stability (from collection to initiation)

7 days

Collection device

Universal Transport Media



Also acceptable: NP specimens with ESwab Mini-Tip

Minimum Requirements

1.0 mL

Lab Section

Microbiology

Methodology

Nucleic Acid Amplification

Reported

3-4 days depending on performing laboratory

Performing Laboratory Website (click below)

To be determined; Reference Laboratory or In-House Testing.

Reference Interval

COVID-19 Nucleic acid not detected

CPT Codes

87635

CPT Codes

87635
Specimen Requirements

Collection Instructions

Use only synthetic fiber swabs with plastic shafts. Do not use calcium alginate swabs or swabs with wooden shafts, as they may contain substances that inactivate some viruses and inhibit PCR testing. Place swabs immediately into sterile tubes containing 3 ml UTM (viral transport media).

Nasopharyngeal swab: Insert a swab into the nostril parallel to the palate. Leave the swab in place for a few seconds to absorb secretions.

Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal aspirate:  Collect 2-3 mL into a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap sputum collection cup or sterile dry container.

Collect

Single NP swab. NP wash/aspirate and BAL specimens are also acceptable.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: >24 hours (2-8 o C).
 

Unacceptable Conditions

Unlabeled specimens, wooden swabs, swabs not in UTM collected >24 hours ago.

Remarks

Testing for COVID-19 is available based on the provider’s clinical judgement. Testing of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patients is strongly discouraged. At a minimum, patients should have influenza-like illness or febrile lower respiratory infection.
 

Stability (from collection to initiation)

7 days

Collection device

Universal Transport Media



Also acceptable: NP specimens with ESwab Mini-Tip

Minimum Requirements

1.0 mL
Testing

Lab Section

Microbiology

Methodology

Nucleic Acid Amplification

Reported

3-4 days depending on performing laboratory

Performing Laboratory Website (click below)

To be determined; Reference Laboratory or In-House Testing.
Result Interpretation

Reference Interval

COVID-19 Nucleic acid not detected
Coding

CPT Codes

87635
URM Labs Internal
Test Build

CPT Codes

87635