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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAA using Saliva Collection

CPT: U0003; (AMA: 87635)
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U0003; (AMA: 87635)
Updated on 10/15/2020
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  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2

Special Instructions

Please note: LabCorp does not currently collect specimens for this test. Patients for whom testing has been ordered should not be sent to a LabCorp location to have a specimen collected. Instead, an appropriate specimen should be collected at the health care facility where the patient was seen and the test was ordered. The specimen should be sent to LabCorp using standard procedures.

Please note: It takes approximately 2 - 4 days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to the release of the test result to the health care provider. Test results are most typically reported electronically, which generally allows for faster delivery. This time frame can vary based on demand, the length of time to transport the specimen to LabCorp's test facilities, and the prioritization of the patients (as defined by heath care authorities and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, HHS and other health authorities). LabCorp is working continuously to support the needs of health care workers, patients, government, clients and other organizations, and expects capacity to continue to increase.

Expected Turnaround Time

2 - 4 days

Specimen Requirements


Saliva, oral fluid


1 device

Minimum Volume

1 device


Saliva collection device

Storage Instructions


Stability Requirements

Room Temperature: 24 hours

Refrigerated: 72 hours

Frozen: Stable

Causes for Rejection

Refrigerated samples greater than 72 hours old; room temperature samples greater than 24 hours old; improperly labeled, grossly contaminated, broken or leaking transport device; any container other than a saliva collection device

Test Details


Detection of SARS-CoV-2 to assist in the diagnosis of COVID-2019 infections


Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA)


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
139945 COVID-19 NAA, Saliva 95425-5 139914 COVID-19 NAA, Saliva 95425-5

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