We are pleased to inform you that LifeLabs is now offering molecular PCR testing for the combined detection of COVID-19, Flu A, Flu B, and RSV for our community patients. This new OHIP-covered test will assist in differentiating some of the possible viral causes of respiratory tract infection and flu-like symptoms.
The combined COVID and respiratory virus test will only be available to patients experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms. Therefore, this test cannot be accepted for the purposes of travel. If a patient inquires about COVID testing for travelling, they can be directed to our FlyClear page: www.lifelabs.com/flyclear/predeparture/.
At this time, LifeLabs can only perform this testing on samples collected by health care providers. The test is not currently available for collection at LifeLabs’ patient service centres.
If you require molecular testing for respiratory viruses for your patient, please send us an appropriately-collected nasopharyngeal swab in the proper collection device, and fill in the Virus Test requisition from Public Health Ontario.
Samples other than Nasopharyngeal swabs collected by health care providers, cannot be accepted for testing for respiratory viruses (e.g., saliva, anterior nasal, or buccal swabs are not accepted for testing for respiratory viruses at LifeLabs).
Please indicate that Nasopharyngeal swab is collected, choose the combo test COVID+Flu and indicate that the patient is symptomatic to accept the sample for testing.
To order the respiratory viral collection swabs, please fill in the Client order form for LifeLabs. Add Copan respiratory viral swabs under Miscellaneous.
If you have any questions, please contact 1-877-849-3637.