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COVID-19 TEST:
SELF-COLLECTION
INSTRUCTIONS

The following instructions are for healthcare professional observed self-nasal (anterior nares) collection only and not for in-home use. Please view the instructional video and self-collection information below before arriving to your appointment. If you have questions please contact our appointment hotline.

(818) 270-9777

San Fernando Valley Appointment Hotline

(661) 705-2040

Santa Clarita Valley Appointment Hotline

Collection Kit and Best Practices

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Self- Collection Instructions

Step 1

•Peel off the label with your name and date of birth from the bottom of the test form and place it on the tube.
•If a pre-filled label is not available, write your name and date of birth on the tube label with a blue or black pen.

Step 2

Remove the swab from the package and do not touch the tip of the swab!

Step 3

Position head slightly back, and insert the swab into the LEFT nostril, about one inch.

Step 4

• Rotate the swab in a circular motion around the entire inside edge of the nostril. Do this 2 times and then keep it in place for 15 seconds.
• Repeat the same process in the RIGHT nostril using the same swab. 

Step 5

• While holding the swab, remove the cap from the tube. Do not spill or drink the liquid.
• Insert the swab into the tube so the tip is touching the bottom of the tube and the shaft of the swab is resting against the rim of the tube.

Step 6

Break the swab handle against the side of the tube at perforated break point.

Step 7

• Screw the cap onto the tube and place the tube into the bag. Ensure the paper requisition is placed in the bag (if applicable). Seal the bag.
• Place the collection bag and test requisition in the box and close the lid.

Questions

For questions about your upcoming COVID-19 test at NEVHC please contact your health center or call our appointment hotline.

(818) 270-9777

San Fernando Valley Appointment Hotline

(661) 705-2040

Santa Clarita Valley Appointment Hotline

NEVHC is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n) with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.  

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