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. All others see COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR Legacy Fairview (CV19 or LAB2019), Influenza A and B and Sars CoV2 (FLUVID or LAB2023) or COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR (CV2PCR or LAB8197).
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.

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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