Test Name

Respiratory Pathogen Panel

Test detection includes

  • Coronavirus SARS-Cov2 (COVID-19)
  • Influenza A Virus
  • Influenza B Virus
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Adenovirus
  • Human Metapneumovirus Rhinovirus
  • Human Parainfluenza 1 virus
  • Human Parainfluenza 2 virus
  • Human Parainfluenza 3 virus
  • Human Parainfluenza 4 virus

Specimen Type

Nasopharyngeal swab in Universal Transport Media (UTM)

Specimen Acceptability

3 Days Room Temperature

CPT Code(s)

87501, 87634, 87801, 87631 x2

Special Instructions

Insert the swab into one nostril straight back (not upwards) and continue along the floor of the nasal passage for several centimeters until reaching the nasopharynx (resistance will be met). The distance from the nose to the ear gives an estimate of the distance the swab should be inserted. Do not the force swab, if obstruction is encountered before reaching the nasopharynx, remove the swab and try the other side.


2 mL

Sample Container

UTM Vial

Suggested Tube Types


Typical Volume

Gold Top Serum Separator Tube (SST)

⋜ 5 mL

Tiger Top Serum Separator Tube (SST)
^For larger volume tests

> 5 mL

Red Top Tube (No additive)

⋜ 5 mL

EDTA Whole Blood

3 mL

3.2 % Sodium Citrate Whole Blood

2.7 mL

Lithium Heparin Plasma Separator Tube

⋜ 5 mL