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Test Code RESPCOVID Respiratory Panel with SARS-CoV-2 PCR

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PowerChart: Respiratory Pathogen Panel PCR with COVID-19

MA Cerner: Respiratory Panel with SARS-CoV-2 PCR

Specimen Requirement

Nasopharyngeal specimen is required using the flexible mini-tipped swab and Universal Transport Media (UTM) tube (Diagnostics Hybrids #403CP).


Additional Specimen Collection Information

Flexible flocked nasopharyngeal swab in universal transport media. The flocked swab and UTM kit is available from the laboratory by calling the Client Liaison (563-690-4129) or Microbiology Dept (563-589-9991). The specimen must be transported to the lab at refrigerated temperature using cold packs, wet ice or other refrigerant coolants.

Collect the nasopharyngeal swab:

  1. Open the sterile, flexible mini-tipped swab package and remove the swab.
  2. Tilt the patient’s head back (head should be inclined from vertical).
  3. Gently insert the sterile swab along the nasal septum just above the floor of the passage to the nasopharynx until resistance is met.
  4. Rotate the swab gently against the nasopharyngeal mucosa for 10-15 seconds and then gently remove the swab.
  5. Insert the swab into the UTM tube pushing it all the way to the bottom of the tube.
  6. Holding the swab shaft close to the rim of the tube and point the tube away, break the swab shaft along the pre-scored breakpoint indentation.
  7. Label the specimen appropriately with two identifiers, patient name and another identifier, (patient ID number, DOB, etc.) include specimen source, date and time of collection.
  8. Transport the specimen to the laboratory immediately after collection. When transporting specimens, use cold pack, wet ice or other refrigerant coolants. If specimen testing will be delayed the specimen in UTM may be held at room temperatue (18-30 C) for up to 4 hours, at refrigerator temperature (2-8 C) for up to 3 days, or at freezer temperature (<-15 C) for up to 30 days.

Useful For

Evaluating patients suspected of having a respiratory viral or bacterial infection.

Fact sheets for this Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) assay can be found at the following links:

For Healthcare Providers:

For Patients:



Test performed Monday through Sunday.

Typically completed within 24 hours after the specimen arrives at the testing site.


CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

94565-9 (SARS-CoV-2-specific)


Test Method

Nested Multiplex PCR (nmPCR) and High Resolution Melting Analysis; FilmArray

Reference Values

Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Not detected

Adenovirus: Not detected

Coronavirus HKU1: Not detected

Coronavirus NL63: Not detected

Coronavirus 229E: Not detected

Coronavirus OC43: Not detected

Human Rhinovirus/Enterovirus: Not detected

Human Metapneumovirus: Not detected

Influenza A/H1: Not detected

Influenza A/H1-2009: Not detected

Influenza A/H3: Not detected

Influenza B: Not detected

Parainfluenza 1: Not detected

Parainfluenza 2: Not detected

Parainfluenza 3: Not detected

Parainfluenza 4: Not detected

Bordetella pertussis: Not detected

Bordetella parapertussis: Not detected

Chlamydophila pneumoniae: Not detected

Mycoplasma pneumoniae: Not detected

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): Not Detected
SARS-CoV-2 Critical Value: Detected