Testing

List of Govt. Approved Labs For COVID-19 Testing

The central government expanded the network of government laboratories designated to test samples of suspected coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases to 139 laboratories. Among 805 government laboratories, 373 are approved to test for Real-Time PCR (RT PCR) tests, 400 for TruNat screening tests, and 33 for CBNAAT testing. Also, additional 65 private laboratories were approved to conduct COVID-19 tests. Among 327 private laboratories, 230 are approved to test RT PCR tests, 35 to test for TrueNat tests and 61 to test for CBNAAT testing.

In addition to this, the Indian Council of Medical Research found 6 government laboratories that are suitable to test for COVID-19. But these labs will not be supported by ICMR, i.e. ICMR will not provide diagnostic kits/reagents to these labs and the labs may initiate testing as per directives of the respective State Government.

You can find the details of all the centers that can collect samples and test for COVID-19 by clicking on the pinpoint on the map.

What To Do If You Think You Might Be Infected With SARS CoV-2?.

If you experience any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, follow these steps below to help prevent the spread of the disease.

  1. Do not go to a hospital or pharmacy, instead call the State helpline number or Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s 24X7 helpline at 011-23978046 or see one of the numbers above.
  2. You may be asked to self-quarantine.
  3. Your details will be shared with the local healthcare officials.
  4. The local healthcare officials will contact you with the testing protocols of COVID-19.
  5. If you qualify as a case to get tested, then you will be tested at a Government approved lab.
  6. Till the results come back, you may be asked to self-quarantine or kept quarantined at a healthcare facility.

When To Get Tested For COVID-19?

  • You should get tested for COVID-19 if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, and difficulty in breathing.
  • If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, then immediately call the State helpline number or  Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India’s 24×7 helpline 1075 or 011-2397 8046.
  • Your details will be shared with the local healthcare officials and you will be called back with the testing protocols.
  • If you qualify as a case for testing as per the protocol, you will be tested at a Government approved lab only.

Testing Protocol

On May 18, Indian Council of Medical Research released a revised COVID-19 testing protocol. People who fall under any of the following criteria will be tested for COVID-19.

  • All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) individuals with history of international travel in the
    last 14 days.
  • All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) contacts of laboratory confirmed cases.
  • All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) health care workers / frontline workers involved in
    containment and mitigation of COVID19.
  • All patients of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
  • Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case to be tested once
    between day 5 and day 10 of coming into contact.
  • All symptomatic ILI within hotspots/containment zones.
  • All hospitalised patients who develop ILI symptoms.
  • All symptomatic ILI among returnees and migrants within 7 days of illness.
  • No emergency procedure (including deliveries) should be delayed for lack of test.
    However, sample can be sent for testing if indicated as above (1-8), simultaneously.

NB:

  •  ILI case is defined as one with acute respiratory infection with fever ≥ 38◦C AND cough.
  • SARI case is defined as one with acute respiratory infection with fever ≥ 38◦C AND
    cough AND requiring hospitalization.
  • All testing in the above categories is recommended by real time RT-PCR test only.
  • All changes incorporated in these guidelines as compared to the previous version
    have been indicated in bold.

Source: ICMR

Testing Process

The lab will collect any of the following samples from you

  • Swab sample: The lab will take the sample from the inside of the throat using a special cotton swab.
  • Nasal aspirate: The lab will inject a saline solution into your nose, then remove the sample with gentle suction.
  • Tracheal aspirate: A thin, lighted tube called a bronchoscope goes into your lungs, where a sample will be collected.
  • Sputum test: Sputum is a variation of mucus from your lungs that can be coughed out or sampled from the nose with a swab.
  • A blood test

The collected sample will be analysed for the virus, either through a blanket test for all variants of the coronavirus (including regular flu) or through a specialized gene sequencing test that locates the marker for the novel coronavirus.

State Helpline Numbers For COVID-19