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This page will review the test information specific to the COVID-19/Flu panel test. If you are interested in ordering only COVID-19 testing, please go here.
Test Name: COVID-19 /Flu Panel
Test Code: EXAS2500
CPT Code: 87636
Test Description: The test is a laboratory-developed high-throughput real-time RT-PCR multiplexed assay developed by Exact Sciences Laboratories for the simultaneous qualitative detection of nucleic acid from COVID19, Influenza A and Influenza B virus in upper respiratory specimens. The assay is composed of two principal steps: (1) extraction of total nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) from patient specimens, (2) one-step reverse transcription and PCR amplification with COVID19 nucleocapsid (N) gene, Influenza A virus matrix (M1) gene, Influenza B virus nonstructural 2 (NS2) gene and human RPP30 (RP) gene transcripts with specific primers and probes.
Results are for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RNA, Influenza A and Influenza B.
Positive results are indicative of the presence of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and/or Influenza B. Clinical correlation with patient history and other diagnostic information is necessary to determine patient infection status. Positive results are indicative of active infection but do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease. The laboratory may be required to report positive results to the appropriate public health authority.
Negative results do not preclude SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A or Influenza B infection and should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history and epidemiological information.
Performing Laboratory: All testing is performed in Exact Sciences Laboratories’ two locations in Madison, WI. These laboratories are certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) as qualified to perform high complexity clinical laboratory testing. CLIA numbers: 52D2072838 and 52D2162828
The test must be ordered by a physician or other authorized healthcare provider from an organization that has a fully executed contract with Exact Sciences Laboratories. This test is intended for use with patients who meet the current guidance for evaluation of COVID-19, Influenza A or Influenza B infections.
Highlights of the testing process are summarized in this section, while detailed test information is provided in the Additional Resources section.
The following specimen types are accepted by Exact Sciences Laboratories for COVID-19 and COVID-19/Flu Panel testing.
Please note that Exact Sciences Laboratories cannot accept specimens collected with wooden handles, calcium-alginate swabs, or cotton-tipped swabs.
The following types of transport media may be used:
FDA. FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/faqs-testing-sars-cov-2. Accessed October 28, 2020.
CDC. Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/guidelines-clinical-specimens.html. Accessed October 28, 2020.
Exact Sciences Collection Supplies: For those who request them, our lab can provide collection supplies which include a synthetic-tipped swab on a plastic shaft and RNAse-free normal saline transport media. If you choose to use supplies from Exact Sciences Laboratories, they may be used for nasal (anterior nares) collection and are intended for testing at Exact Sciences Laboratories. For convenience, nasal collection instructions are provided with Exact Sciences Laboratories supplies.
The COVID-19, Influenza A and Influenza B test results are released to the ordering provider using secure electronic methods.
Most providers utilize our secure online portal, called EpicCare® Link™, which may be used even if a provider does not use Epic® for their medical record system.
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