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Respiratory Pathogen Panel PCR with SARS-COV-2

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Specimen Container

​Sterile container without any media for NPA, ETTA and BAL.

Use red-capped flocked swab in Universal Transport Medium (UTM) for nasopharyngeal collection.

Specimen Requirement

​NPA, Nasopharyngeal swab, ETTA, BAL

Specimen Storage / Transport

​Dispatch as soon as possible or store at 4°C before transport.

IF SARS-CoV-2 is suspected, please ensure the specimen is double-bagged (transparent inner bag, red outer bag) and contains a visible note for SARS Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19) testing.

Send samples immediately to the laboratory at room temperature after collection, or store at 4°C if delay is anticipated. Do not send by pneumatic tube system



Orderable as STAT?


Turn Around Time

​1 - 2 days

Reference Value(s)


Testing Laboratory Location



Molecular Micro

Contact Number

​6394 1382

Day and Time Performed

Mon - Sun: 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs

Orderable on CPOE?


Additional Information

All staff are to select the exact indication that is applicable to the scenario when ordering COVID-19 test in CPOE.

1. Meet MOH’s suspect case definition.
2. Other clinical conditions via professional judgment, such as extended fever/ARI or atypical symptoms [includes pre-discharge swabs and other MOH-approved indications].
3. Surveillance of confirmed case.
4. [NO SUBVENTION] Other reasons not clinically indicated e.g. patient’s/employer’s request.

Please contact Dr. Loo Liat Hui (Senior Principal Medical Laboratory Scientist) or Mr. Soong Han Yang (Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist) at 6394 1382 or A/Prof. Matthias Maiwald (Senior Consultant Microbiologist) at 6394 8725 if additional information is required. Please contact the Clinical Infectious Diseases Team with any clinical or infection control questions.

Includes: SARS Coronavirus 2, Influenza A, B viruses, Parainfluenza 1, 2, 3, 4 viruses, Adenovirus, Respiratory syncytial virus, Human coronavirus OC43, 229E, NL63, HKU1, Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Human metapneumovirus, Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae.

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