ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: bronchial lavage (BAL), nasopharyngeal aspirate, sputum, throat swab, ear swab [ALL SHOULD BE SENT IN VIRAL TRANSPORT MEDIA]
Sterile Body Fluids: CSF, pleural fluid, joint fluid, pericardial fluid, tympanocentesis fluid [SHOULD NOT BE SENT IN VIRAL TRANSPORT MEDIA]
Specimens should be collected and transported to the lab as soon as possible to ensure stability of nucleic acids in the sample and to ensure accurate test results.
1-5 mLs of fluid; 1 swab sent in viral transport media
1 mL of fluid; 1 swab sent in viral transport media
Send to the lab immediately, optimally on ice. If transport is delayed greater than 30 minutes, freeze specimen and send on ice. Specimens must be received by 7 A.M. for same-day result.
If unable to send to the lab within 30 minutes of collection, specimen must be frozen and sent on ice.
Blood, bone marrow, tissue, and biopsy specimens are not acceptable for this test.
Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)
Same day if received by 7 A.M., if sent after 7 A.M.- next day