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Test #


Test CPT Codes


COVID-19 Virus Testing by RT-PCR

Test Type


Test Disease / Components

COVID-19 Infection

Test Technology


Clinical Utility


Test Specimen

  • Upper respiratory specimens such as nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasal, anterior nasal/mid-nasal and mid-turbinate swabs

  • Nasopharyngeal aspirates

  • Bronchoalveolar lavage

  • All sample types collected in 3mL VTM or UTM equivalent

  • Collect during acute phase of infection

Rejection Criteria:

  • Damaged or leaking collection tube

  • Specimen identity is uncertain

  • Insufficient quantity or are of poor quality

Storage, Stability & Shipping


  • Label specimen with patient's name and date of birth

  • Complete requisition form with necessary information

  • Local Clients call KSL Diagnostics at 1.800.960.1080 to schedule a pickup

  • Ship samples at room temperature


  • Specimen viability decreases during transit

  • Send day of collection when possible

  • Specimen optimum if received within 48 hours

  • Ambient = 24-48 hours, refrigerated = 3 days

Turnaround Time (TAT)

2 Business Days

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