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COVID-19 PCR

Alternative Names:Novel Coronavirus 2019 PCR
Wuhan Coronavirus PCR
2019-nCoV PCR
SARS CoV-2 PCR
Laboratory:Microbiology
Test Code:COVID-19 PCR
Specimen Types:See Under Collection Instructions
Faeces
Container Types:
See Under Collection Instructions
Plain 70mL pot
Adults Volume or Mass:1 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volume or Mass:1 mL
Collection & Request Instructions:A separate container is required for this test.

Nose/Throat swabs, nasopharyngeal swabs, sputum and BAL are the preferred sample types for this test.

Other specimen types should be discussed with the Medical Microbiologist prior to collection.

Collect one nose/throat swab for BOTH COVID-19 PCR and Respiratory PCR using the Respiratory PCR collection kits available from Pathology. Ensure both labels are placed on the vial and both orders signed off in Powerchart specimen collect.

Note: Blue capped swabs are UNSUITABLE for this test.

If two COVID-19 tests have been requested, ensure these are one two separate laboratory numbers and the collection times recorded as at least one minute apart.

 

 

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Send to lab immediately

These specimens MUST be hand delivered to the laboratory. They must not be sent via the pneumatic chute.

Assay Frequency:Daily
Additional Notes:

https://alfredhealthconnect.sharepoint.com/Dept/InfectionPrevention/Pages/Your-complete-guide-to-Coronavirus.aspx