2019-Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)



The laboratory is currently testing for SARS-CoV-2 using the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the BioGX SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Reagents for BD MAX, and the TaqPath COVID-19 Combo RT-PCR Kit.
A. For testing guidelines and specimen collection information, refer to: 
B. Testing is limited to cases with prior approval from a
local health department (LHD) or prior coordination with the laboratory.
C. After completing specimen collection, call the laboratory to schedule a pickup ([707] 784-4410).
D. Specimens must be accompanied by the single-specimen requisition form or the batch requisition form.
E. Specimens will be tested at the laboratory by the next day after receipt unless the number exceeds testing capacity. Specimens may be routed to the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL) or the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)/Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub) for surge testing.
    i. Specimens to be routed to the UCSF/CZ Biohub must be collected in DNA/RNA Shield collection containers.

Laboratory support on the weekend is restricted to the coverage explained below. Because of the number of pickup requests over a large geographic area, courier services on the weekends are limited. Providers may store the specimens refrigerated or frozen (if holding time will be >72 hours before testing) for a pickup by a NSYM PHL courier on Monday.

Specimen drop-off
A. The laboratory will be open to receive specimens from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday. The laboratory will NOT be answering telephone calls during this time but will be available to accept specimens at 2201 Courage Drive, MS 9-200 (2nd floor), Fairfield, CA 94533.
B. Specimens must be accompanied by the laboratory’s single-specimen requisition form or the batch requisition form.

C. Specimens received during the Saturday drop-off window will be tested by end of day Sunday.

Weekend pickup
A. For Napa, Yolo, and Marin counties, please contact the LHD to assess courier support.
B. For Solano county only
    i. On Friday, call the laboratory
 at (707) 784-4410 before 3:30 pm for same day pickup on Friday. Specimens will be tested on Saturday.
    ii. On Saturday, call the laboratory and leave a voicemail at (707) 784-4410 before 3:30 pm for same day pickup on Saturday. Specimens will be tested on Sunday.
    iii. On Sunday, call the laboratory and leave a voicemail at (707) 784-4410. Specimens will be picked up on Monday morning and tested the same day.

A. The collecting facility or communicable disease group may arrange for specimen transport directly to the VRDL located at 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA 94804 (Specimen receiving will be open 24/7).
B. Please have the LHD contact the laboratory director, Beatrix Kapusinszky, who will then notify with the VRDL to expect a shipment.
C. Specimens must be accompanied by the VRDL requisition form and include the California PUI number.
D. A copy of the VRDL requisition form must also be emailed or faxed to the laboratory. Failure to provide a copy of the requisition may cause delays in result reporting.

Transport instructions
A. Specimens should be correctly packaged in sealed biohazard bags according to shipping best practices and must be kept at refrigerated temperatures during transit.
    1. A laboratory requisition should be placed in the outside pouch and NOT in the inner biohazard bag.
    2. Each specimen or specimen set should be placed in its own separate biohazard bag.
B. Transport containers should consist of a cooler or a solid Styrofoam box containing ice packs. The box should be labeled with a biohazard sticker, which the laboratory can provide.
C. Transport containers should be closed tightly (taping is recommended for Styrofoam boxes.
D. PPE is needed for a situation that requires any additional handling of the specimen, and should be similar to what is used during specimen collection.
E. Transport containers should be kept in the trunk of a car during transit, and not inside the passenger compartment.

This schedule and instructions are subject to change depending on staffing and resource availability.