How do I collect a nasal swab sample for the COVID-19 Test?

The COVID-19 sample collection must be done in the presence of a trained observer.

Before You Collect:

Before you begin, be sure to read through the instruction pages and make note of the following:

Your sample must be dropped off with a testing coordinator or at a designated collection area.

  1. With freshly washed hands, unwrap the collection swab. Be careful not to contaminate the collection tip by touching it.
  2. Tip your head back and insert the collection swab (usually ½ to ¾ of an inch, or 1 to 1.5 cm) into a nostril and rotate for 15 seconds.
  3. Repeat on the other nostril.
  4. Place the swab in the buffer tube and snap off the end on the break line.
  5. Replace the cap on the tube and close it securely.
  6. Place the tube in the biohazard bag and return the testing kit to the correct personnel or mail courier.

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