Clinical Specimen Submission Guidance

Submit all specimens to 50 Orms St, Providence RI 02915. Open Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Norovirus

Lab Molecular Diagnostics & Enteric Pathogens 401-222-5538
Organism Norovirus
Disease Norovirus
Test Description RT-PCR for detection of Norovirus in stool
Special Instructions PREAUTHORIZATION BY THE HEALTH DIVISION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY (401) 222-2577 IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO SPECIMEN SUBMISSION.
Specimen Minimum 2 ml of stool specimen in clean vial without preservative preferred. Specimens in Cary-Blair collection vials are acceptable.
Form Required Rhode Island State Health Laboratories test requisition form
Test Request Write "Norovirus" under comment field on requisition form
Transport Transport within 24 hours of collection. Hold at 2 - 8 C until transport. Transport maintaining refrigerated temperature conditions by surrounding specimen with blue or wet ice.
Normal Value Negative for Norovirus
Turnaround Time 24 hours to 2 business days
Kit Kits are available at HEALTH Laboratories Central Receiving and may be obtained Monday - Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.