COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR, Legacy Fairview

Sunquest Code:CV19  
Epic Code:LAB2019Epic Name:COVID-19 (Coronavirus PCR
Synonyms:Coronavirus (2019-nCoV); COV19
Turnaround Time:Results are reported within 48 hours for acute hospital sites and presurgical patients, and within 72 hours for all other locations.
NOTE: STAT orders are not available. All specimens follow prioritization as determined by the COVID Command Center.
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)

These guidelines are for Legacy Fairview locations. Please refer to COVID-19 Virus PCR Legacy HealthEast for HealthEast Ordering information.  
Associated Links:

MLS Updates, Coronavirus CDC Guidelines, CDC Evaluation and Reporting Persons Under Investigation, HAN Guidelines, COVID-19 Workflow, Alternate Covid Swabs and Transport Containers, COVID PCR FAQ for Clinicians, COVID EUA Information

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Nasopharyngeal, Oropharyngeal, Middle Turbinate or nasal swab collection in Universal Transport Media. Nasopharyngeal swab has a greater sensitivity for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) detection and is the preferred sample type.
Container:BD Universal Transport Media
[Alternate Containers: Alternate Covid Swabs and Transport Containers. See Associated Link]
Collection Instructions:Collect swab and place in 1-3 mL of viral transport media (BD Universal Transport Media). Other COVID supplies are acceptable but not preferred. See Alternate COVID Swabs and Transport Container in Associated Links for additional options.

Only a synthetic fiber swab with plastic shaft is acceptable. Indicate specimen source on container and place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.

Swabs only: If sending via PTS, the specimen must be placed in a lab specimen bag with an absorbent pad and then placed into another lab specimen bag.

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:Calcium alginate 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.
Specimens must be packed, shipped and transported according to the current edition of the International Air Transport Association (IAATA) Dangerous Goods Regulation.
Stability:72 hours refrigerated or room temperature. Samples may be frozen at less than -20 degrees C if shipping is delayed.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab (Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab (UMMC-East) or Lab Sendouts (UMMC-East MRF), Minnesota Dept of Health, or Mayo)


Reference Range:Negative or not detected.

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