Nasopharyngeal aspirate collected via leukens or a sterile, leak-proof container.
***Nasopharyngeal aspirates are the only acceptable specimens for this test.
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.
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 should be frozen and sent on ice.
Specimens should not be submitted in viral transport media.
Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)
Same day if received by 7 A.M., if sent after 7 A.M.- next day