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Reintroducing Combined COVID and Respiratory Virus Testing Using Molecular PCR Technology

September 1 2022
LifeLabs will be reoffering molecular PCR testing for the combined detection of COVID-19, Flu A, Flu B, and RSV for our community patients starting on September 26, 2022.

We are pleased to inform you that LifeLabs will be reoffering molecular PCR testing for the combined detection of COVID-19, Flu A, Flu B, and RSV for our community patients starting on September 26, 2022.

This OHIP-covered test will assist in differentiating some of the possible viral causes of respiratory tract infection and flu-like symptoms. The combined COVID and respiratory virus test will only be available to patients experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms. Therefore, this test cannot be accepted for the purposes of travel. If a patient inquires about COVID testing for travelling, they can be directed to our FlyClear page: www.lifelabs.com/flyclear/predeparture/.

Please be advised that the COVID/Flu combo test will only be offered seasonally from September-April.

At this time, LifeLabs can only perform this testing on samples collected by health care providers. The test is not currently available for collection at LifeLabs’ patient service centres. If you require this test for your patient, please refer to the instructions below:

  1. To order the respiratory viral collection swabs, LifeLabs clients can indicate that they would like the Copan respiratory viral swabs and the quantity needed under ‘Miscellaneous’ section of the LifeLabs Client Order Form
  2. The Public Health Ontario Virus Test requisition must be completed and can be found here through this link. To fill in the requisition, please indicate that nasopharyngeal swab is collected, chose the combo test COVID+FLU and indicate that the patient is symptomatic, as shown below:

2. Please send us an appropriately collected nasopharyngeal swab in the proper collection device. Samples other than Nasopharyngeal swabs collected by health care providers, cannot be accepted (e.g., saliva, anterior nasal, or buccal swabs).

3. Collected specimens should then be packaged in an Inner Leak Proof Poly Bag with an absorbent pad or paper towel and given to a LifeLabs courier at regularly scheduled courier pickups, for delivery to a LifeLabs testing facility.

4. If you are not currently a LifeLabs client but would like to explore having LifeLabs as a service provider, please contact us at: ONlocationopp@lifelabs.com

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LifeLabs

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For rush results (NAAT within 12 hours and PCR within 24 hours)

  1. Order your FlyClear test and receive your FlyClear test requisition
  2. Book an appointment at a LifeLabs location below.
    • Bring your printed FlyClear requisition and Passport
    • Select your ordered Province’s Rush Test to start booking:
    British Columbia

    6084 Russ Baker Way
    Richmond near Airport

    COVID-19 PCR (24h) / Rush 12h NAAT

    Ontario

    6084 Russ Baker Way
    Richmond near Airport

    COVID-19 PCR (24h)
    Rush 12h NAAT
    Rapid Antigen (2h)

Pre-Departure testing now available from the comfort of your home with MyVisit (Currently Greater Toronto Area only)

  1. Order your FlyClear test and receive your FlyClear test requisition.
  2. Book your Home Visit appointment with the MyVisit portal or, if your flight is within the next five days, contact a MyVisit coordinator 1-416-993-9579 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm EST)

MyVisit Pre-departure testing offers:

  • COVID-19 PCR/NAAT swab testing
  • COVID-19 Antibody Blood (serology) testing

The MyVisit fee is $80 per person.

Pre-Departure testing

Book your appointment online here. If your flight is within the next five days and you have received your FlyClear requisition, please contact a MyVisit coordinator 1-416-993-9579 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm EST).

Your health & safety is important to us

Please note that face masks are mandatory at all times at all of our locations to ensure the health and safety of all customers and employees.

Please inform staff if you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition. 

Thank you for your cooperation!