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Influenza A, B, RSV combined with COVID test

20 Dec 2020

Guidelines for testing, supplies still limited

By: Karl Kamper, director of Laboratory Services

On Dec. 1 Salem Health’s lab began offering Inflenza A, Influenza B, RSV combined with Covid-19 testing in a single test available only for patients at Salem and West Valley hospitals.

This test isn’t available yet for outpatients or clinic patients. The Respiratory Pathogen Panel has also been updated and now includes COVID-19 as an individual target. Supplies are still limited.

Also, as of Dec. 1, Salem Health Laboratories will no longer place courtesy calls about positive COVID-19 results. At the beginning of the pandemic, calls were made for each positive COVID-19 result. After auditing and consulting with key stakeholders across our hospitals and community clinics, we determined that individual phone calls for positive COVID-19 results are no longer necessary.

Read through all the testing guidelines, plus news about outpatient testing in the Lab’s newsletter Laboratory Client Update: Respiratory Testing.