Please read these instructions carefully as issues with specimens, forms, and labeling can lead to specimen rejection or testing delays. DO NOT collect or send specimens to the Public Health Lab (PHL) until instructed to by DPH. When contacting DPH, please be prepared to provide a call-back number and to wait for 10-15 minutes for a call-back. Once approved by DPH, follow all instructions below under Public Health Lab Specimen Collection and Transport.
PHL aims to result tests within 2 business days of receipt of specimen, but delays could occur based on volume and capacity.
Note About NP and OP swabs
|Clinical Features||and||Epidemiologic Risk|
|Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)||AND||Any healthcare worker (defined as a person providing
direct clinical care to patients) who worked while
symptomatic in an acute or long-term care facility1
-or-A resident of a long-term care facility
-or-Paramedic personnel and Emergency Medicine Technicians (EMTs)
|Part of a cluster of 2 or more cases of a presumed infectious acute respiratory illness within a 72-hour period||AND||Any congregate living setting (e.g. senior assisted-living facility, homeless shelters)|
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