CHECKLIST FOR TESTING PARTNER
Where is the lab located? How far is it from your sample collection site? How long would it take to transport samples from your site to the lab?
What testing equipment does the laboratory have? Most importantly, does it have PCR and the test kits and reagents required to processes COVID-19 samples. Right now, the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19 is PCR using a nose or throat swab sample; however, new tests are currently in development.
Sample Types & Requirements
What requirements does the lab have around sample collection and delivery? Labs will likely have specifications around the materials used to collect the samples and how each sample is labeled, collected, and transported to the lab.
Total Testing Capacity
How many total COVID-19 samples can the laboratory process per day?
Does the lab currently have available capacity? Is the lab able to process additional samples from your testing site? If so, how many can they process per day?
Reporting & Information Systems
What is their sample request process? Most labs have specific forms (either online or paper-based) you need to fill and processes that you need to follow in order for samples to be processed at their lab.
Sample Turnaround Times
How long does will it take for sample results to be delivered? How will the sample results be communicated to you?
Found a partner lab that's a good fit? Formalize the relationship with a partnership agreement or service-level agreement.
EXAMPLE RESOURCE LIST
Browse the example resource list below, and make your own editable copy of the list here. Note that your resource requirements will vary depending on the type of testing site, the size of your operation, and your country's specific clinical requirements.
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TESTING SITE CONSIDERATIONS
Size of Space
Ensure that the space is large enough to allow for adequate social distancing (especially for booth-based testing). For drive-through testing, think about how many cars will be able to fit in the space at any given time and where cars will wait if there is a queue. Large parking lots seem to have worked well in many places around the globe.
Will the testing site be easy for your target patient population to access? Think about how they will likely travel to your site and what challenges they may experience with different locations.
Entry & Exit
Especially for drive-through testing sites, it is useful to have separate entry and exit points to allow for easy flow through the site.
Will you need to pay to rent the space? Are there any organizations that would be willing to donate their parking lots or fields for you to use to help reduce overall costs?