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SURROGATE Coronavirus Testing Information
Surface area sampling may be performed to indicate the bacterial population of a particular area. Wipe samples are indicated when bacterial growth is suspect and when enumeration and identification of the bacteria may be relevant to a particular situation. The assessment of microorganisms may be useful in evaluating the hygienic status of a particular environment.
This test code can be used to evaluate the existing microbial population of a surface area and also to evaluate the effectiveness of surface cleaning by using the bacterial bioburden and the categories of bacterial isolated (human respiratory/activity vs environmental) as an indicator for the potential of viral presence. It reflects a clinical protocol using Blood Agar to recover respiratory organisms such as alpha strep, gamma strep, gnr, S. aureus, etc. in addition to recovering environmental bacteria for a more complete picture of the bacterial population.
Sterile soft rayon swabs on two plastic shafts with a round bottom plastic tube containing 5ml of liquid Stuart semi-solid transport medium.
The 3M™ Sponge-Stick is a 1.5 x 3 inch biocide-free sponge ideal for Coronavirus testing. The stick-mounted sponge design provides the ability to easily snap off the sponge from the handle after swabbing.