2019-Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

NOTICE: The laboratory is no longer accepting or picking up SARS-CoV-2 specimens on weekends. Please contact the county local health department if emergency testing is required. 

ALL LABORATORIES PERFORMING COVID-19 TESTING MUST REPORT RESULTS TO LOCAL AND STATE PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES.

SARS-CoV-2 TESTS
The laboratory is currently testing for SARS-CoV-2 RNA using the following tests:
A. The CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel
B. The BioGX SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Reagents for BD MAX
C. The TaqPath COVID-19 Combo RT-PCR Kit
D. The Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 Assay
E. The PerkinElmer New Coronavirus Nucleic Acid Detection Kit
F. The CDC Influenza SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Multiplex Assay

SARS-CoV-2 TEST INFORMATION
A. For testing guidelines and specimen collection information, refer to: 
SARS-CoV-2 PCR.
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 a Copia requisition (preferred), single-specimen requisition form, or the batch requisition form.

WEEKEND (SATURDAY-SUNDAY) SCHEDULE
Laboratory SARS-CoV-2 testing support is no longer available on the weekend.
For emergency testing needs, please contact the local health department (LHD) of the patient's county of residence or of the county in which the healthcare facility is located.

Providers may store specimens refrigerated (if holding time will be <72 hours before testing) or frozen (if holding time will be >72 hours before testing) for a pickup by a NSYM PHL courier on Monday. Call the laboratory and leave a voicemail at (707) 784-4410 to arrange for a pickup. 

This schedule and instructions are subject to change depending on the outlook of the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing, and resource availability.