COVID-19 Virus, PCR to MDH, UMMC-East Lab Only

Sunquest Code:COV19  
Epic Code:LAB8194Epic Name:COVID-19 Virus PCR
Synonyms:Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Turnaround Time:Results will be completed within 3-4 days after specimen has arrived at MDH.
Special Instructions:Routine respiratory testing does not test for Coronavirus (2019-nCoV); however routine testing should continue to take place if ordered. Routine respiratory assays include:
  • Influenza A/B Antigen (LAB3476)
  • RSV Rapid Antigen (LAB3722)
  • Influenza A and B/RSV PCR (LAB6401)
  • Respiratory Panel PCR, Nasopharyngeal Swab (LAB8167)

Samples are sent for a predetermined select group of outreach clients. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR Legacy Fairview (CV19 or LAB2019).
Associated Links:

MLS Updates, Coronavirus CDC Specimen Guidelines, CDC Evaluation and Reporting Persons Under Investigation, HAN Guidelines, MDH Sample Submission Form, COVID-19 Patient Testing Form, COVID PCR FAQ for Clinicians

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Nasopharyngeal swab in viral transport media. Do not share specimens with other testing.
Container:BD Universal Transport Media
Collection Instructions:Collect a nasopharyngeal swab and place in 1-3 mL of viral transport media (BD Universal Transport Media). Only a synthetic fiber swab with plastic shaft is acceptable. Indicate specimen source on container and place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.

A completed MDH Sample Submission Form and COVID-19 Patient Testing Form must accompany each specimen. See Associated Links.

Specimen process and testing required for all respiratory specimens:  
  • Gloves, lab coat/gown
  • Eye and face protection
    • Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC), or
    • In the absence of a BSC, handle all respiratory specimens behind a countertop splashguard or don a full-face shield.
    • In the absence of a full-face shield or a countertop splashguard, goggles and a disposable mask must be worn.
Causes for Rejection:ESwabs. Calcium alginate swabs, nasal swabs, or swabs with wooden shafts. Specimens not in viral transport media.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Specimen source is required. Store refrigerated.
Shipping Instructions:Ship refrigerated. Ship on ice packs to MDH using your normal courier. Specimen drop off is available until 4:30 pm Mon-Fri and until noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Specimens must be packaged, shipped and transported according to the current edition of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulation.
Stability:72 hours refrigerated. Samples may be frozen at less than -20 degrees C if shipping is delayed.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (Minnesota Department of Health)


Reference Range:Negative

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