Coronavirus Environmental Testing Service
Does your building have the virus that causes COVID-19?
Here’s how it works!
We send you a kit and instructions, you select and swab surfaces with our guidance, return them to us, and we process the samples to tell you whether there is virus at those locations in your building. The kit contains supplies for 12 tests and come complete with everything needed including a return mailing label.
We are currently taking preorders, and expect to be shipping within a few days. The kits cost $2,500 each (12 tests). Please contact us directly if you are interested in multiple kits, a subscription service, or need kits shipped to multiple locations. A custom testing plan can also be developed for your facility including surface swabs and air sampling.
These kits are not intended or approved for human diagnostic testing. Please do not send us samples collected from people, pets, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why aren’t these kits being used for testing people?
Certification for human testing is a lengthy process and requires different lab facilities than we are using. Environmental testing provides useful information without having to test all building occupants.
Will you help me take the samples?
The kits come with step-by-step instructions and we provide telephone support throughout. Custom sampling plans can be discussed directly with our research team.
Is there a limit to how long I have before returning the samples?
Samples should be returned immediately, and no longer than within a week of arrival. The liquid in the tubes is stable at room temperature for up to 30 days. For best results, avoid extremes of temperature and return the samples as soon as possible.
Are there any risks?
You will be in contact with surfaces that may have the virus that causes COVID-19. As such, the hazard here is the same as if you were in contact with those surfaces for any other reason, such as in the normal course of performing your work. For this reason, wearing a mask while sampling is recommended. The swabs we provide are stabilized in a chemical that inactivates potential viruses collected during sampling. This chemicals can cause skin and eye irritation and is harmful if swallowed, therefore we supply you with gloves, and we recommend you wear eye protection while collecting samples.
What do I do if the test comes back positive?
A positive result means that there is coronavirus RNA present in the sample. That RNA may be active and infectious or it may be inactive. At this time, we cannot distinguish between these. Recommendations for building transmission risk mitigation actions can be found here.
Recommendations for risk mitigation actions