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COVID-19 Testing ID NOW (8000101433)
Test Mnemonic:

COVID-19 Testing ID NOW

Specimen Requirements:

Use sterile rayon, foam, polyester or flocked flexible-shaft NP swabs to collect a nasopharyngeal sample.


The NP swab must be placed in a clean, unused BD Vacutainer yellow-top no additive 10 mL plastic tube labeled with patient information.        


The laboratory must receive sample within 90 minutes of collection.   

Storage:  Store tightly capped at room temperature (15-30°C) for up to two hours prior to testing. Ensure the swab fits securely in the tube and the cap is tightly closed.

Causes for Rejection:
  • Specimens received in the laboratory greater than 90 minutes post-collection.
  • Swabs placed in Viral Transported Media
  • Unacceptable swab types (refer to “Collection” section of this document for acceptable swab types)
Reference Range:

Not Detected.

Turnaround Time:

Performed 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  Testing is performed within 2 hours of collection and receipt into lab.


Isothermal nucleic acid amplification 





Clinical Indication:

A rapid molecular in vitro diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in nasopharyngeal (NP) from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19.

Patient Preparation :


CPT 4 Code:


When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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