The provider or our trained clinical staff will put on protective clothes, mask and face shield, and then collect samples.
Collecting a sample is usually taken from the nose. This mildly uncomfortable process, the same used to test for influenza, takes just a few seconds.
The provider then packages the samples according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and then the samples are shipped to a laboratory. The laboratory tests the specimens for the presence of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
The provider reports the test results to the patient. If the test is positive, the provider also reports this to the public health authorities.