On May 18, 2020, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) updated its guidance regarding COVID-19 specimen collection and submission. If a long-term care facility would like to submit a specimen to the ISDH for testing, the ISDH requires all COVID-19 test requisitions to be submitted through its Laboratory Information Management System (LimsNet). Through LimsNet, the specimen will be directed to be sent to the ISDH’s laboratory or Eli Lilly & Company.
The update guidance specifies that nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs are the preferred specimen type, but the ISDH’s laboratory will also accept oropharyngeal, sputum, synthetic mid-turbinate swab, and bronchoalveolar lavage specimen. The updated guidance also provides more specific shipping instructions and timeframes. Results will be available within three (3) days of specimen receipt. The testing results will only be reported back to the LimsNet submitter.
The entirety of the guidance, including details for how to register with LimsNet, can be found here.