COVID-19: Vaccine Program | TestingVisitor Guidelines | Information for Employees

Collection of Specimen COVID-19 (NP and OP)

  • Open the individual collection package that contains the swab and Viral Transport Medium tube. Set the tube aside before beginning to collect the specimen.
  • Open the collection swab wrapper by peeling open the top of the wrapper.
  • Remove the swab, taking care not to touch the tip of the swab or lay it down.
  • Hold the swab in your hand, placing your thumb and forefinger in the middle of the swab shaft across the scoreline.
  • Gently insert the swab into the nostril. Keep the swab near the septum floor of the nose while gently pushing the swab into the post nasopharynx.
  • As a visual reference, the swab should be inserted about half the distance from the opening of the patient’s nostril and the ear. Rotate the swab several times.
  • Insert another swab into the oropharynx. Rub the swab over the area, avoid touching the tongue or roof of the mouth.
  • Place the two swabs in the viral transport media tube
  • Identifying the scoreline, break the swab shaft against the side of the tube.
  • Discard the top portion of the swab shaft.
  • Replace the cap onto the tube after placing the two swabs and close tightly.