FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MAWD Pathology Group – COVID-19 Testing
What are all the Specimen types that will be accepted? (example NP, OP, etc.)
Preferred specimen? -> NP swab in viral transport media
Alternative specimen? -> Any non-cotton NP swab in transport media, including buffered saline.
What are all the type of media/swab that will be accepted?
Transport media (UTM, VTM)/ saline? -> Yes, if saline need 1-3ml of neutral buffered
Swabs (eswabs, Rayon swabs, NP) -> Yes, anything non-cotton non-wood shaft
What is the minimum volume accepted if we have to aliquot media due to shortage? -> 1 ml
How should specimens be stored once collected? -> Refrigerated up to 72hrs
Specimen stability? -> Need to test within 72 hrs
How should specimens be Packaged/transported? -> Class B, typical biohazard for respiratory samples, with ice pack
What are some causes of rejection? -> Will test but may not be able to result if internal control does not perform
Can you provide an example of how these Req sheets should be filled out? -> They are very easy.
Can we have a contact number if we need to follow-up on results? -> Call the main MAWD number at 913-396-8509
How will we get our results? -> Faxed to as many stations as you want; we will set you up with a web portal for all results as soon as they are done. You will receive a media alert via phone, text or email when you have results available.
Can they be faxed ? -> see above.
What will our Cost be? -> $109 per test; CPT Code- 87635
Will you direct bill our lab? -> Yes
Will you test on the weekends? -> Yes