Diagnostics Testing Information

For Healthcare Providers

Merso Labs is currently accepting to test upper and lower respiratory specimens (such as nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs). We utilize a Logix Smart COVID-19 PCR test kit that has a 100% specificity and 99.52% sensitivity EUA validation. The Logix Smart COVID-19 test kit is authorized for use in laboratories in the United States, certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), 42 U.S.C. §263a, to perform high complexity tests. Contact us to see how we can help.

What do I need to know about COVID-19 testing?

Specimens should be collected with appropriate infection control precautions. Current guidance for COVID-19 infection control precautions are available at the CDC’s website (see links provided in “Where can I go for updates and more information” section).
Use appropriate personal protective equipment when collecting and handling specimens from individuals suspected of being infected with COVID-19 as outlined in the CDC Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). For additional information, refer to CDC Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (see links provided in “Where can I go for updates and more information” section).

What does it mean if the specimen tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19?

A positive test result for COVID-19 indicates that RNA from SARS-CoV-2 was detected, and the patient is infected with the virus and presumed to be contagious. Laboratory test results should always be considered in the context of clinical observations and epidemiological data in making a final diagnosis and patient management decisions. Patient management decisions should be made with a healthcare provider and follow current CDC guidelines.

How much does it cost for covid-19 testing?

The cost for a COVID-19 PCR test is $200 per person per test.

Contact us at [email protected] or give us a call at (805) 749-0321 for more information or questions.