COVID/FLU/RSV Respiratory Panel, Rapid PCR

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General Information

Lab Name
Rapid Flu A & B, RSV, SARS-CoV-2 PCR
Lab Code
Epic Ordering
Rapid Flu A & B,  RSV, SARS-CoV-2 PCR

This test is intended for symptomatic ED and inpatients at UWMC-NW, UWMC-Montlake, HMC, and symptomatic outpatients at SCCA Lake Union.

  • For routine SARS-CoV-2 PCR orders, see NCVQLT.
  • For rapid onsite SARS-CoV-2, asymptomatic patients at UWMC-Montlake, HMC, and UWMC-NW, see NCVRPD.
  • For all SCCA community site orders, see NCVQLT
  • Note, testing for influenza A/B and RSV is generally not indicated at this time. There is negligable community circulation of influenzaA/B (last updated 12/01/21). If routine testing for these viruses is needed, see FLURSV or NCVFLU.

The Cepheid SARS-Cov-2/Flu/RSV Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) assay is intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A & B, and RSV in nasopharyngeal or nasal swabs. Results are for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza, and RSV RNA.

Laboratories within the United States and its territories are required to report all positive results to the appropriate public health authorities. Negative results do not preclude COVID-19, Influenza A or B, or RSV and should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.

Test availability may be limited by reagent supplies. Orders may be changed to alternative, but medically comparable tests, without notification, e.g. changing the FABRCV to NCVQLT + FLURSV. Turn-around time and applicable CPT codes may be impacted.

COVID-19/Influenza/RSV Rapid PCR



Real-time RT-PCR

Reference Range
See individual components

Ordering & Collection

Specimen Type
Nasopharyngeal (NP) preferred, Nasal Swab Acceptable

Flocked nasopharyngeal (NP) or Nasal swab in UTM (Univeral Transport Medium), VTM (Viral Transport Medium) or Saline.

Handling Instructions

Send to the laboratory as soon as possible.

requested: Swab in 3.0 mL of UTM/VTM/Saline
minimum: Swab in 3.0 mL of UTM/VTM/Saline



Store specimen at 2 - 8 °C.

UWMC-NW: Deliver to Main Lab (UA Bench) upon receipt – STAT

UWMC-Montlake: Deliver to Microbiology in NW177

HMC: Deliver to Microbiology Receiving in GWH-47

SCCA:SCCA: Deliver to Main Lab drop off window at G1-500 - STAT. Testing is performed upon receipt 6 am to 9 pm M-F and 7:30 am to 4:30 pm S/S/holidays. The laboratory has the capacity for a maximum of 8 rapid tests (FABRCV + NCVRPD) every hour. Tests will be run in the order of receipt only, tests remaining at the end of each shift will be reordered under NCVQLT for transport to UW Virology.

Stability: Specimen in UTM/VTM/Saline is stable for up to 24 hours when stored at room temperature or for up to 7 days when stored at 2 - 8°C.

Transport Temperature


LIS Dept Code
Serology (SR)
Performing Location(s)
HMC Microbiology
SCCA Alliance Lab
UW-NW Main Lab
UW-MT Microbiology
Run upon receipt
Available STAT?

Billing & Coding

CPT codes