Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

ALTERNATE NAME(S) SARS, SARS-CoV-2, Covid-19, Coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Covid
METHODOLOGY PCR, Whole Genome Sequencing

Specimens positive for SARS-CoV-2 may reflex to SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing.

This test order is for SARS-CoV-2 only. For detection of Influenza and SARS-CoV-2, see entry for "Influenza and SARS-CoV-2".


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TDH DLS Requisition:  PH-4360 SARS-CoV-2 Submission Requisition

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation

  • None
Specimen Collection
  • Acceptable specimen sources/types for submission:

-  Nasopharyngeal swab in VTM, UTM and/or Saline

-  Nasal swab in VTM, UTM and/or Saline

Specimen Labeling
  • Specimen should be labeled with at least two unique patient identifiers and specimen source and match accompanying order or electronic order. 
Specimen Processing
  • None
Specimen Storage and Preservation
  • Store specimens at 2 - 30°C and ship overnight on icepacks.
  • If testing will be delayed more than 72 hours, specimens in VTM or UTM should be frozen at -70°C or colder.
  • Specimens in saline should not be frozen.
  • Specimens stored at 2- 30°C must be received by the laboratory within 72 hours of collection.

Specimen Transport

  • Ship specimens to arrive at the laboratory Tuesday-Friday. 
  • Ship unfrozen specimens on ice packs. 
  • Ship frozen specimens on dry ice.
  • Specimen must be placed in an individual biohazard bag with absorbent material.
  • All infectious substance shipments must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180). 
Specimen Acceptability and Rejection
  • The following specimens will be rejected and reported as "unsatisfactory":

- Specimens that broke or leaked in transit

- No specimen was in the container submitted

- Improper specimen type submitted

- Specimens received at improper temperature

- Improper labeling of specimen

- Unfrozen VTM/UTM specimens or saline specimens received after 72 hours of collection

Testing Location
  • Nashville

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