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NYS DOH Health Advisory: Update on Specimen Collection and Handling for Alternative Acceptable Specimen Collections

April 01, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

This advisory supersedes specimen collection and handling guidance from NYSDOH, released originally on March 25, 2020.

This update further extends previous recommendations that nasal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collection is an acceptable alternative, with recommendations for the collection of one (1) nasal swab AND one (1) saliva specimen through healthcare personnel (HCP) observed patient self-collection for specimens submitted to Wadsworth Center,if nasopharyngeal (NP) supplies are unavailable.

If you are using a laboratory other than the Wadsworth Center, follow the laboratory’s guidance for all specimen collection, handling, and transport processes, including whether nasal swab AND saliva specimen, or nasal swab AND OP swab specimen collection methods are acceptable alternatives to an NP swab.

  • For any suspected COVID-19 cases, ensure appropriate infection control precautions are in place and immediately notify the infection control lead at your facility and the local health department (LHD).

  • Review local testing options for those who do not require clinical outpatient/inpatient medical care

> Read the complete advisory

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