Contact MDH at (651) 201-5414 (877-676-5414) for consultation and questions.
AHL respiratory panel PCR does not detect this virus, and should not be ordered.
Diagnosis of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
This test is for non-Allina Health sites only
Use only synthetic fiber swabs with plastic shafts. Do not use calcium alginate swabs or swabs with wooden shafts in viral transport media (RT-UTM or M5/M4), as they may contain substances that inactivate some viruses and inhibit PCR testing.
New England Journal of Medicine video on NP swab collection: Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection Video
BD Universal viral transport media (UTM)
Collect only if the patient has a productive cough, or it is being collected for other clinical reasons
Screw cap plastic container (sterile)
Refrigerated (strict) - 72 hours
Ambient - NO
Frozen - OK; specimens must be frozen if they will not reach MDH within 72 hours
Specimens must arrive at MDH between 8am and 4pm Mo - Fr, or from 8am - 12pm on Sa or Su.
If unable to get specimen to MDH by this time, send specimen the next day in the morning.
Weekends - per MDH direction.