Note: This guidance covers testing performed at the Stanford Lab for SARS CoV-2 PCR and is only intended for FACILITIES OUTSIDE OF STANFORD (including UHA).
Upper Respiratory Swab Specimens
Preferred Source: Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab
- Oropharyngeal swab - best if ordered with NP swab (place both swabs in 1 tube)
- Nasal swab or mid-turbinate nasal swab (consider for patients with contraindication or concern with obtaining NP swab)
Lower Respiratory Tract Specimens
Acceptable Source: 1 mL Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) fluid. Submit in sterile container.