March 30, 2020
In-House COVID-19 Testing:
We have begun in-house testing for COVID-19. The testing will be conducted at the UC Health Precision Medicine Laboratory located at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The test is a modification of the assay developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for which an Emergency Use Authorization has been issued by the FDA.
In-house testing will initially be limited to inpatients within UC Health hospitals, including the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital and Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care. The test must be ordered by a physician providing care for a patient at one of these facilities. UC Health will continue to utilize outside laboratories for other COVID-19 test specimens.
The UC Health laboratory is able to test specimens collected via nasopharyngeal swab in viral transport media. The anticipated turnaround time for test results is between one and three days.
In addition to testing samples collected within UC Health facilities, the health system provides drive-thru sample collection on its Clifton campus by appointment only. Due to limited testing supplies, drive-thru testing is currently only available to healthcare workers and first responders.