24-48 hours after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
Specimen Collection Details
Respiratory specimen: Sputum, lung wash, tracheal aspirate, NP swab, pleural fluid, BAL, or bronchial brushing in sterile container or in viral transport medium (Microtest M4 or UTM). Specimen source is required.
Freeze. Allow no more than one freeze/thaw cycle.
4 hours ambient, 12 hours refrigerated, or 6 months frozen.
Less than 2 mL may decrease sensitivity of assay.
Frozen on dry ice.
Dry swab; non-sterile or leaking containers; respiratory aspirate in collection container with tubing.