Coronavirus (COVID-19) General Information

On behalf of everyone at applya, everyone impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is in our thoughts.  As an organization surrounded by healthcare, occupational, and clinical diagnostic testing partners, we have gathered some general information to share.  We will update this blog regularly with new information as it is obtained and learned.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the name for the respiratory syndrome caused by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Can we test our candidates, employees or students for COVID-19?

Yes, you can, however, only a physician or healthcare provider can order the test.  A healthcare provider can collect the specimen necessary to test for COVID-19 such as a hospital, physician’s office or clinic.  A respiratory specimen is used to perform the test.  The specimen is typically collected using a swab in the nose, throat or lungs.  Patient Service Centers (PSCs) do not collect COVID-19 specimens.  Patients suspected of having COVID-19 MUST NOT ENTER a patient service center.  PSCs are owned by LabCorp and Quest laboratories.

Will there be delays in my regular workplace drug testing, occupational and clinical diagnostic services? 

We advise you to continue to contact your collection site provider for current hours of operation and availability as we recommend always.

Other vendors involved in drug and alcohol testing, occupational and clinical diagnostic testing space are affected by COVID-19 as well.  There could be delays to normal testing, reporting and response times due to high volumes and school closings of staff for example.  applya is fully staffed and functional at this time.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

Visit the Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov.

How can applya help?

We are working daily with our partners to develop resources relative to our customers situations.  Please check this page regularly for updates on information, testing options and return to work solutions as they are developed.

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