Notice: Coronavirus Disease 2019

Guidance for collection and transport of specimens, COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Interim Guidance:

March 4, 2020

Clinical Laboratory Guidance

Health care providers should consult with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) or a local health department to conduct a risk assessment to determine if individuals meet the criteria for diagnostic testing to detect COVID-19.  When the criteria are met, a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) number is assigned, documenting approval for testing.  Prior approval is required for submission of specimens.


The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) has completed verification of the CDC 2019-nCoV real-time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel which has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA.

Fact Sheets

Healthcare Providers

COVID-19 Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel for Providers

Patients

COVID-19 Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel for Patients

Specimen Collection

Packing, Shipping & Transport

  • Packaging, shipping and transport of specimens from suspect cases or PUI's of COVID-19 must follow the current edition of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B shipping regulations should be used when sending potential COVID-19 patient specimens.
  • An NSPHL Requisition Form checked "Other" and listing COVID-19 testing should be completed for submission.

CDC Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Packing, Shipping & Transport Resources

  • Labels for UN 3373
    • When using cold pack- Include the name and telephone number of the person who will be available during normal business hours who knows the content of the shipment (can be someone at the NSPHL or CDC).  Place the label on one side of the box and cover the label completely with clear tape (do not just tape the edges of the label).
    • When using dry ice- Include the name and telephone number of the person who will be available during normal business hours who knows the content of the shipment (can be someone at the NSPHL or CDC).  Place the label on one side of the box and cover the label completely with clear tape (do not just tape the edges of the label).