SARS-CoV-2 RNA

Synonyms: 2019 NCOV, CORONAVIRUS
Computer Code: (SARS2)
Specimen Collection: Nasopharyngeal (NP*), Oropharyngeal (OP), Mid-turbinate, Sputum, Endotracheal aspirates, BAL, etc. are acceptable.(*Preferred)
Minimum Volume: Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab in one viral transport is specimens of choice. Sputum, Endotracheal aspirates, BAL, Oropharyngeal (OP), etc. are acceptable. 0.5 mL
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: NP, OP & Mid Turbinate swab in viral transport. Place on wet ice or refrigerate. Submit lower Respiratory specimens in a bronch tube or sterile, capped container. Transport (Hand Deliver) to the laboratory ASAP.
Reference Values: Negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
Lab Code: MIC
Requisition: SPEC M /MOL DIAG
Test Frequency: Specimens semi-batched on an hourly basis from receipt into lab 7am - 7pm, based on Lab Capability
Routine TAT: 6hrs from 7am - 7pm, 6 - 13 hrs from 7pm - 7am, based on lab capability
Stat TAT: 6 hrs from 7am - 7pm, 6 - 13 hrs from 7pm - 7am. STAT testing requires approval from Hospital Administration as tests kit availability is limited.
CPT Code(s): 87635
LCD or NCD:
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII