Laboratories with Excess Capacity for Diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 Testing
The following laboratories have capacity to perform additional diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 testing and have a reported average turn-around time of less than 4 days. Beginning in May 2020, all laboratories reporting SARS-CoV-2 testing results to the NYSDOH are required to complete a weekly electronic survey to provide information to the NYSDOH about their equipment, supplies, and capacity. This list identifies laboratories that reported the ability to perform additional diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 tests and is updated regularly.
Required Information for Infectious Disease Requisition
Wadsworth Center, the NYS Public Health Laboratory, continues to provide COVID-19 testing for select sample collection entities (including but not limited to State agency run congregational settings with vulnerable populations, local health departments, and other entities responding to outbreak investigations). Sample collection entities must seek advanced approval by Wadsworth Center prior to sending samples. Sample collectors submitting COVID-19 specimens to the Wadsworth Center must use one of the two methods below.
- For sample collectors with access to the Health Commerce System, Electronic Test Requests can be used for sample submission.
- For sample collectors unable to request tests electronically, the Emergency Use Infectious Diseases Requisition / COVID-19 form must be completed in paper or PDF format.
Specimen Collection, Handling and Transport
- Instructions for NYSDOH Wadsworth Center COVID-19 Specimen Collection, Handling and Transport
- Packaging & Transport Checklist for proper specimen packaging and transport for testing at a laboratory.
Guidance on Pooling
As part of the NYS Re-Opening, many businesses and institutions are exploring sampling and testing options. Pooling methods continue to be evaluated and developed as a strategy to increase the numbers of people tested while conserving limited supplies and time. The NYSDOH has issued Health Advisories to provide guidance for those institutions and laboratories considering pooling strategies for diagnostic or surveillance (non-diagnostic) purposes.
- Health Advisory: Diagnostic Testing on Pooled Samples
- Health Advisory: Surveillance (non-diagnostic) Testing on Pooled Samples
- Wadsworth Center Validation Procedure for SARS-CoV-2 LDT
Test Results Reporting
All laboratories performing SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic or serology testing, including those using SARS-CoV-2 Point-of-Care tests, are required to report test results to the Commissioner of Health through the Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS) immediately (within 3 hours). Required reporting includes all positive, negative, and indeterminate results, as well as test type, specimen source, and several demographic details of the individual tested. Results must be reported to ECLRS through HL7 or manual entry. Contact the ECLRS Help Desk at (866) 325–7743 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any technical questions.
- NYSDOH Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program
- NYSDOH Limited Service Laboratories
- US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approved SARS-CoV-2 tests
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information for Laboratories about COVID-19
- CDC General Biosafety Guidance for COVID-19 Testing Laboratories
- CDC free online virtual Biosafety Laboratory Training
- NYSDOH free online Biosafety Training
- Department of Health and Human Services Request for Information: Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-Surge Capacity