2019-Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

NOTICE: COVID-19 specimens may be dropped off on Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm.

The laboratory is currently testing for SARS-CoV-2 RNA using the following tests:
A. The CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel
B. The BioGX SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Reagents for BD MAX
C. The TaqPath COVID-19 Combo RT-PCR Kit
D. The Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 Assay

A. For testing guidelines and specimen collection information, refer to: 
B. Testing is limited to cases with prior approval from a
local health department (LHD) or prior coordination with the laboratory.
C. After completing specimen collection, call the laboratory to schedule a pickup ([707] 784-4410).
D. Specimens must be accompanied by a Copia requisition (preferred), single-specimen requisition form, or the batch requisition form.
E. Specimens will be tested at the laboratory by the next day after receipt unless the number exceeds testing capacity. Specimens may be routed to the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL) or the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)/Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub) for surge testing.
    i. Specimens to be routed to the UCSF/CZ Biohub must be collected in DNA/RNA Shield collection containers and submitters must have established a prior account with UCSF/CZ Biohub.

Laboratory support on the weekend is restricted to the coverage explained below. Because of the number of pickup requests over a large geographic area, courier services on the weekends are limited. Providers may store the specimens refrigerated or frozen (if holding time will be >72 hours before testing) for a pickup by a NSYM PHL courier on Monday.

Specimen drop-off
A. The laboratory will be open to receive specimens from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday. The laboratory will NOT be answering telephone calls during this time but will be available to accept specimens at 2201 Courage Drive, MS 9-200 (2nd floor), Fairfield, CA 94533. Upon arrival, please call the weekend security officer at (707) 501-7645 to be escorted to the specimen drop-off refrigerator.
B. Specimens must be accompanied by the laboratory’s Copia requisition (preferred), single-specimen requisition form, or the batch requisition form.

C. Specimens received during the Saturday drop-off window will be tested by end of day Sunday.

Weekend pickup
A. For Napa, Yolo, and Marin counties, please contact the LHD to assess courier support.
B. For Solano county only

    i. On Saturday, call the laboratory and leave a voicemail at (707) 784-4410 before 10 am for same day pickup on Saturday. Specimens will be tested by end of day Sunday.
    ii. On Sunday, call the laboratory and leave a voicemail at (707) 784-4410. Specimens will be picked up on Monday morning and tested the same day.

Transport instructions
A. Specimens should be correctly packaged in sealed biohazard bags according to shipping best practices and must be kept at refrigerated temperatures during transit.
    1. A laboratory requisition should be placed in the outside pouch and NOT in the inner biohazard bag.
    2. Each specimen or specimen set should be placed in its own separate biohazard bag.
B. Transport containers should consist of a cooler or a solid Styrofoam box containing ice packs. The box should be labeled with a biohazard sticker, which the laboratory can provide.
C. Transport containers should be closed tightly (taping is recommended for Styrofoam boxes.
D. PPE is needed for a situation that requires any additional handling of the specimen, and should be similar to what is used during specimen collection.
E. Transport containers should be kept in the trunk of a car during transit, and not inside the passenger compartment.

This schedule and instructions are subject to change depending on staffing and resource availability.