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Swabbing Techniques for COVID-19 PCR Testing

Proper collection of samples is an essential part of the COVID-19 testing process. This video describes how to swab using three techniques: oropharyngeal (OP), anterior nares (nasal), and nasopharyngeal (NP).

Note: View all of the instructions before you begin collection. Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as described by the CDC. COVID-19 testing is currently available only to clients who have received prior approval.

Other COVID-19 Testing Resources

  • Testing menu: We offer a comprehensive menu of COVID-19 and related testing.
  • Specimen Label Placement: Ensure that labels are correctly placed on specimen tubes to avoid processing delays.


For additional resources and information, please visit our main COVID-19 page, by clicking here.