Aerobiology Laboratory now offers testing of environmental swab samples for SARS CoV-2 by RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction). This tests supports the evaluation of the effectiveness of the products and processes used to decontaminate suspect surfaces.
Test Code 2040 detects the genetic signature (RNA) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in swab samples from contaminated environmental surfaces using clinical instrumentation for RT-PCR detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). RT-PCR, a molecular diagnostic test detects and quantifies the viral RNA using real time (RT) reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
Positive results indicate the presence of the viral genetic material SARS- CoV-2 nucleic material. The results are reported as detect or non-detect per sample provided.
Only viral transport system will be accepted by laboratory to assure quality of result. Contact the AeroSTORE to purchase viral transport swabs (VTS). If you are unsure whether your swab is suitable for this testing please contact our Virginia laboratory prior to testing.
Sample holding time is 24 – 48 hours and must be sent to the Virginia laboratory.