COVID-19 specimen collection kits shipped to your home

COVID-192020-03-15T11:43:50+06:00

THREE SIMPLE STEPS

How It Works

Get tested without leaving home or risking transmission

What’s in the kit?

Assist Health Group sends a patient-friendly kit that contains everything necessary to collect a swab sample and package it for safe shipping to the laboratory.

The kit includes :

  • Patient instructions to collect specimen
  • A swab and container
  • Bio-Hazard bag
  • Frozen pack
  • Labels
  • Pre-completed lab requisition form
  • Pre-paid over-night envelope to return specimens to lab

Easy at-home specimen collection

The following video from BGI Genomics explains the correct way to collect an Oropharyngeal specimen. You may also read Specimen collection instruction from Labcorp here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of sample is required?2020-03-14T01:36:16+06:00

The test requires a swab from the back of your throat (Oropharyngeal Specimen). You will receive a swab kit, with detailed instructions on how to collect the specimen. You may also review the video posted on this page to familiarize yourself with the instructions.

What labs will specimens be processed at?2020-03-15T04:04:40+06:00

The test kit used is universal and can be processed at any lab approved to process COVID-19 tests. Patients may elect to have kits sent to Quest Diagnostics or Labcorp for testing at no cost. Patients may also send specimens to any local lab or their local health department for testing. More information about the test offered by each lab can be found at the following links, Quest DiagnosticsLabcorp.

Who is eligible for the test?2020-03-15T03:54:39+06:00
Due to a severe shortage of swabs and test kits, the criteria for testing has been defined by the CDC as :

Patients must have Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath)  AND any one of the following  :

  • Any person, including health care workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient within 14 days of symptom onset, OR
  • A history of travel from affected geographic areaswithin 14 days of symptom onset OR An individual(s) with risk factors that put them at higher risk or poor outcomes, OR
  • No source of exposure has been identified and other causes of respiratory illness have been ruled out (e.g., influenza)

Note : This criteria is being updated daily. Valid as of 3/14/2020

Do I need a physician referral?2020-03-15T04:05:32+06:00

Yes a referral is mandatory for testing at this time as there are eligibility requirements for testing. If you do not have a referral a telehealth consultation will be provided to you. Kits are only sent if the provider determines it is medically necessary.

How long does it take to get results?2020-03-14T00:11:43+06:00

Labs have stated that results will be available within 3-4 days after the specimen is received by the lab. However, this is a fluid situation and high demand is expected for this test. The labs may need to prioritize testing which could cause delays. You should also factor 1 business day for overnight shipping of your specimen.

How will I get results?2020-03-14T00:12:56+06:00

You will receive a link to a portal to view Lab test reports. A tele-medicine consultation can be arranged to go over results. The cost for tele-medicine consultations is $40.

Can I use my own local lab offering free testing?2020-03-14T22:58:02+06:00
Yes. Select I will return to an alternate lab when ordering your kit. You may submit your specimen to your local state health department designated lab for testing. This will avoid the cost of expensive overnight return shipping to our designated labs. The swab kits sent are not lab specific and can be used at any lab.
Please remember to follow proper specimen handling guidelines. The most important being, the specimen should be between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius during transport.