COVID-19 testing self-collect swab

It has been requested that self-collection for COVID-19 testing be performed within your facility. Self-collected specimens have been shown to be an acceptable alternative to specimens collected by healthcare workers.

Self-collected specimens allow for a testing format that limits the spread of viruses. 

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'How-to' instructional video

This ‘how-to’ video is a companion resource to the self-collect instructions.

The video outlines the self-collect procedure in a step-by-step format and covers:

  • Pre-test preparation
  • Throat and nasal swab collection
  • Packaging the completed swab
  • Returning the sample for testing

COVID-19 self-collect quick FAQs

A combined throat and nasal swab collection is required for COVID-19 testing.

Both collections are performed using one single swab. 

Step-by-step instructions are included in the video on top of this page or download the PDF by clicking the link below:

Download instructions

Step-by-step instructions are included in the video on top of this page or download the PDF by clicking the link below:

Download instructions

Return as directed by your facility.

The results will be issued to the health department.