The 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new virus of global health significance caused by infection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person in close contact through respiratory droplets. Kashi Clinical Laboratories has responded to the request from federal health officials for CLIA Certified high-complexity laboratories to begin offering testing for COVID-19. We are honored to support you and patients around the country during this health crisis by offering a real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (real-time RT-PCR) assay. To prioritize the most vulnerable in our community, Kashi Clinical Laboratories is working with facilities such as retirement communities and assisted living facilities to distribute test kits to healthcare workers and symptomatic patients.
Current SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR testing is critical in quickly determining the presence or absence of the virus in a patient sample. However, this does not tell you anything about the genetic sequence of the virus. Next generation sequencing (NGS) provides additional valuable information that can distinguish the thousands of potential genetic differences across COVID samples.
The high throughput nature of NGS allows researchers to look at the entire SARS-CoV-2 genome in many samples at one time to get a more complete picture. Our laboratory has chosen to use the Ion Torrent targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology (ThermoFisher Scientific) which enables complete viral genome sequencing and variant detection for epidemiological and surveillance studies of SARS-CoV-2. The Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Research Panel is an amplicon-based NGS panel designed to obtain complete viral genome data even from samples with very low SARS-CoV-2 viral content by ultra-deep sequencing of PCR amplicons. Included in the workflow is a software analysis package to easily identify the precise location of mutations within genes of high interest, such as the Spike (S) gene. Armed with both the complete genome sequence and the identity of critical mutations, we can dive deeper with analysis tools that can inform SARS-CoV-2 lineage assignments. By comparing our patient sample sequences to other SARS-CoV-2 strain sequences, such as the new UK or South Africa variants, we can see how ‘related,’ or similar, our community strains are to these newer strains that are spreading rapidly here in the US and globally.
To start classifying your SARS-CoV-2 strains, contact us today.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person in close contact through respiratory droplets. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It is also possible that a person can catch COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Kashi Clinical Laboratories recommends following current CDC guidelines for protecting one’s self from the virus. These guidelines include:
The symptoms of COVID-19 have been reported to be wide-ranging but may include:
At this time we are offering detection of SARS-CoV-2 via real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (real-time RT-PCR) assay. We are working to bring on new testing methods including antibody testing.
Want to know more about our testing methods? Please read our Fact Sheet.
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5 days a week – Monday through Friday.
The intent is for results to post by the next business day once received by Kashi Lab. Samples received after 10:00am on a Friday will be stored and run on Monday.
Samples need to be received by Kashi Lab by 10:00am for a guaranteed TAT. Over 90% of our samples are reported by 24 hours after receiving. The rest are reported by the end of next business day.
Our RT-PCR test has a sensitivity of 500 viral copies per ml of human sample and a limit of detection of >95%.
We use nasopharyngeal swabs, nasopharyngeal lavage, and saliva.
Each kit needs registration in order to link the patient to the kit. This is where you enter your facility code and the barcode label ID for the kit. Register each kit before you use it, here: https://www.kashiportal.com/kit.
Monday through Thursday for all states; Friday only if within same-day courier transport to Portland, Oregon by 5pm. This may change in the near future to increase testing times based on demand.
Kashi Clinical Laboratories is open Monday-Friday, 8am to 6:30pm. We are not open on the weekends. Additionally, we do observe several holidays on which our laboratory closes. These include:
COVID-19 test results for each patient are uploaded to your portal account with one of the following results:
All positives and negatives are reported to the State of Oregon within 24 hours of reporting.
An ‘invalid result’ means that the specimen was run twice, and the results were unable to be determined. A new specimen needs to be sent.
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