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Coronavirus (Covid-19) SARS-CoV-2 Quantitative Real-time RT-PCR

Test Code: 8394

Patients, you must contact your physician to order Coronavirus COVID-19 testing.
Viracor will not see patients at our facility or collect samples on site.

An account must be set up to order testing. See the Specimen Information section for more information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) SARS-CoV-2 PCR is available with a self-pay price for patients who do not have health insurance or for those who intentionally choose not to submit a claim to their insurance company. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) SARS-CoV-2 PCR self-pay price is $120. Additional charges may apply for specimen collection, logistics or expedited turnaround testing.

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Clinical and Procedure
Clinical Utility

The lab test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) SARS-CoV-2 Quantitative Real-time RT-PCR is intended for the quantitative detection of SARS-CoV-2.

 

Procedure

Extraction of SARS-CoV-2 virus nucleic acid from specimen, followed by combined reverse transcription of viral RNA and PCR amplification using real-time reverse-transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) methods. An internal control is added to ensure that extraction was performed correctly and that the RT-PCR reaction was not inhibited. This test has not been cleared or approved for diagnostic use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Specificity

In silico analysis has demonstrated that Viracor’s SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR is not expected to cross-react with other coronaviruses (including other SARS viruses and other common respiratory coronaviruses). Additionally, this assay will not cross-react with other respiratory viruses, bacteria or fungal pathogens/commensals.

Turnaround Time

During this unprecedented time of high volume, the turnaround time for most Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) samples is 24 hours from receipt of specimen in the lab. As daily volume can have an impact on workflow, we are monitoring this closely and will provide updates as the situation changes.

Specimen Information
Specimen Type Order Code CPT Code NY Approved Volume Assay Range Special Instructions
NP swab [Quant] 8394 U0003 Yes

2 mL

714 copies/mL to 7.14x10^7 copies/mL

  • Place sterile swab placed in 2 mL sterile buffered saline or transport media in a sterile, screw top tube.
  • Do not use calcium alginate swab or wood shafted swab.
  • Can be shipped at ambient or frozen temperature Monday through Friday.
  • Specimens shipped at ambient or refrigerated temperature must be received within 7 days of collection, or 30 days when frozen.
BAL [Quant] 8394 U0003 Yes

1 mL

714 copies/mL to 7.14x10^7 copies/mL

  • Collect in a sterile, screw top tube.
  • Can be shipped at ambient or frozen temperature Monday through Friday.
  • Specimens shipped at ambient or refrigerated temperature must be received within 7 days of collection, or 30 days when frozen.
Shipping

Ship Monday through Friday. Friday shipments must be labeled for Saturday delivery. All specimens must be labeled with patient's name and collection date. A Eurofins Viracor test requisition form or manifest must accompany each specimen. For additional testing, please send a separate specimen. Refer to our website for accepted specimen types. Ship specimens FedEx Priority Overnight® to: Eurofins Viracor, 1001 NW Technology Dr, Lee's Summit, MO 64086.

Causes for Rejection

Dry swab, wood shafted swab, calcium alginate swab, specimens received in trap containers, specimens beyond their acceptable length of time from collection as listed in the specimen handling, or specimen types other than those listed.

Disclaimer

Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above. The CPT codes provided are based on Eurofins Viracor’s interpretation of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Questions regarding coding should be addressed to your local Medicare carrier. Eurofins Viracor assumes no responsibility for billing errors due to reliance on the CPT codes illustrated in this material.

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