DOH: COVID-19 Specimen Collection and Handling for Wadsworth Center Testing

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

This advisory supersedes specimen collection and handling guidance from NYSDOH, released on March 25, 2020. This update further extends previous recommendations that nasal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collection is an acceptable alternative, with recommendations for the collection of one (1) nasal swab AND one (1) saliva specimen through healthcare personnel (HCP) observed patient self-collection for specimens submitted to Wadsworth Center, if nasopharyngeal (NP) supplies are unavailable.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16