COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Nucleic Acid Test, Nasopharyngeal

CPT Code(s)





Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

Clinical Indication and Relevance

The assay is useful to confirm the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).


The assay uses transcription-mediated amplification on the Hologic Panther System.

Minimum Specimen Requirements

Sample type:

  • Collect a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab according to instructions provided with the kit in either viral transport media (VTM) or universal transport media (UTM).


  • Specimens can contain extremely high levels of virus or other organisms. Specimens must be shipped and transported in accordance with applicable local, national and international transportation regulations. Maintain proper storage conditions during shipping to ensure integrity of the specimen.


  • After collection, store samples at 2-8C up to 4 days before testing.

Unacceptable Samples:

  • Improperly labeled or incorrect patient identification, specimen leaked, incorrect media, insufficient volume (less than 700 ul), no swab, bloody or grossly mucoid, specimen does not meet transport, storage or date of collection requirements.

Turnaround time

1-2 business days.

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