COVID-19: Laboratory Capacity Update

Posted July 14, 2020. Past health advisories and alerts are archived for historical purposes and are not maintained or updated.

Many COVID-19 test results are taking 5-12 days to be reported due to demand and backlog at large out-of-state commercial labs. Quest Diagnostics is particularly impacted, as is LabCorp. This is very concerning because obtaining test results quickly is critical for informing our contact tracing efforts and containing spread of the virus. 

It is critical that healthcare providers advise patients to isolate while awaiting test results. If COVID-19 is highly suspected, the patient’s household members should be strongly advised to quarantine as well.  

On the next page is a list of Washington-based labs that have confirmed their willingness to provide molecular COVID-19 testing to hospitals and clinics. In most cases, in-state laboratories can process specimens and return results more rapidly than out-of-state labs. We strongly encourage you to use our in-state labs for COVID-19 testing so that we can shorten the turn-around time for test results. Furthermore, it would be useful for providers to identify multiple laboratory testing options so that COVID-19 specimens can be redirected to other labs in the state when necessary to ensure rapid results for patients.  

Please reach out to the in-state labs listed on the next page to discuss and set up accounts.  

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

DOH COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Resources and Recommendations

CDC COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals

SRHD Case Information and Provider Alerts


Washington-Based Laboratories Providing Molecular COVID-19 Testing

Laboratory Name
AddressCityContactEmailPhone

Northwest Pathology & Northwest Laboratory

3614 Meridian St Ste 100

Bellingham

Jenny Bull

jennifer.bull@northwestpathology.com

360.734.2800

Molecular Testing Labs

14401 SE 1st St

Vancouver

Adam Blackwell

adam@moleculartestinglabs.com

360.693.8850

UW Lab Medicine Virology (UW) MOLECULAR

1616 Eastlake Ave E Ste 320

Seattle

Alex Greninger

agrening@uw.edu (gregor@uw.edu)

206.685.6656

Atlas Genomics LLC

2296 W Commodore Way Ste 220

Seattle

Kyndra Capell 

kyndracapell@atlas-genomics.com

888.618.6107

Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences

2211 Elliott Avenue, Suite 410

Seattle

Matthew E Hartman

mehartma@altius.org = director but jstam@altius.org is contact

206.267.1091

Molecular Epidemiology Inc

15300 Bothell Way NE

Lake Forest Park

Hemantha Kulasekara

hemantha.kulasekara@iehinc.com

206.522.5432

Fida Labs

2296 W Commodore Way Ste 220

Seattle

Quinne Feng, Ph.D

quinne.feng@fidalabus.com

206.708.4221

InCyte Diagnostics

13103 E Mansfield Ave

Spokane

Cathryn Hummel

chummel@incdx.com

425.998.5561