Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 2019 Molecular test, (RCOVID) Available to LHSC and SJH only

Test Name: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 2019 Molecular test, (RCOVID) Available to LHSC and SJH only
Alternate Name(s): Abbott ID NOW
Laboratory: Core (VH)
Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal Swab (Dry swab in sterile tube)
Collection Information: For Special Use ONLY.
Abbott ID NOW has LIMITED CAPACITY and should not replace routine PCR (COVID, COVIDSCR, RPCR)

Collection instructions:

Prior to collection, contact the Core Lab to obtain a collection kit.
- Nasopharyngeal swab:

Insert flexible, fine-shafted swab into nasopharynx, rotate in circular manner to collect cellular material. Place DRY swab in sterile tube
Test Schedule: Testing is performed 7 days per week from 08:00 to 23:00 at PaLM VH CORE LAB. Specimens received in swab media will not be processed on the ID NOW.
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
PaLM VH CORE: 4 hours
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2021-02-25
Revised Date:  
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: This test has a lower sensitivity (~90%) compared to laboratory-based PCR testing. Consideration should be given to clinical and/or exposure history, disease prevalence in the community, and the risk/vulnerability of the population to determine if confirmatory testing is warranted in these scenarios.

For additional reference information, please see the links below:

Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT)

Management of Individuals with Point-Of-Care Results
Method of Analysis: Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Swab should be placed in sterile tube and transported to the Core Lab ASAP (no longer than 1-hour post collection).
System Codes: 
Referred To:  

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