COVID Reference Lab Information

Services and Contact Information

The UC San Diego Health Clinical Lab is a premier, state-of-the-art laboratory in San Diego, CA and is ready to support your organization's COVID-19 testing needs.  Through the course of COVID-19, UC San Diego Health has supported the testing needs of multiple entities across various industries including (but not limited to):

  • Network medical providers
  • Other community medical providers or Health Systems
  • Employers
  • First responders
  • Local government 
  • School districts
  • Professional sports

Our Services

COVID-19 information, research, and testing technology continue to change and evolve. Being that UCSD Health is an academic medical center, we focus on cutting edge technology and the highest level of quality in the testing services we provide. Our testing services are intended to contribute to the needs of our region. Please read on below to see if one or more of our current list of services may be the right fit for your organization.

Reference Lab
You collect, we run the test and provide results back to you

  • PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) testing
    • Considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing and detects active virus.  
    • Currently we collect PCR via anterior nares nasal swab (just inside the nostril). 
    • UCSD requires the use of our swabs and viral media – they are included in the per test rate.
    • Results are provided for reference lab typically next day once received at our lab for processing.
  • Antibody blood test
    • Detects whether a person previously had the COVID-19 virus.
    • Additional details are in our online test menu.
    • Results are provided for reference lab typically next day once received at our lab for processing.

Specimen Collection Support and Reference Lab
We collect, we run the test and provide results

  • Onsite asymptomatic screening
    • UCSD comes to you on a mutually agreed to date and time.
    • Testing provided for a pre-registered/scheduled group of people (no less than 20).
    • We courier the tests to our lab for processing.
    • Results are provided typically next day once received at our lab for processing.
  • Drive-up testing services
    • For those requiring screening and/or those who may be symptomatic or have been exposed
    • Our courier takes them to our lab for processing
    • Results are provided typically next day once received at our lab for processing

Provider Ordering / Resulting

  • Need support on ordering and resulting tests?  We can discuss options with you.

Contact the UC San Diego Health Reference Lab

If you are interested in utilizing UCSD Health for your organization’s testing needs, submit your inquiry using the form below. If you are a patient looking for COVID-19 testing, please visit here.

Please include the following information:

  • Your organization
  • Your contact information 
    • Name
    • Email
    • Phone number
  • Which of the services above are you looking for?
  • When you are looking to begin testing (approximate date)?
  • How many people do you want to test?
  • Is this one-time testing event or reoccurring?
  • What other information is important for UCSD to be aware of?
  • What questions do you have?
Note: We are no longer scheduling testing for the Safe Travels Hawai'i program. We are not a trusted partner for Bora Bora, Tahiti or any other destination. If you are a patient looking for COVID-19 testing, please visit here.

Please be as specific as possible as to what you’re looking for to help us better understand your needs. Please note, our onboarding time varies based on scope and the current state of COVID-19.

 

A COVID-19 outreach team member will be in contact within 3-business days (excluding holidays) to discuss your request with you. We look forward to connecting!

If you require additional assistance with COVID-19 testing, please visit here.