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Test Iowa At-Home: Directions to SHL for Kit Pick-UpTest Iowa At Home - Directions to SHL for Kit Pick-Up
Test Iowa At-Home collection kits may be picked up at any of our three laboratory locations during business hours.

Request for Iowa Laboratories to Submit All PCR Positive SARS-CoV-2 Samples for SequencingRequest for Iowa Laboratories to Submit All PCR Positive SARS-CoV-2 Samples for Sequencing
IDPH and SHL planning to sequence all submitted positive SARS-CoV-2 samples

Middle and South Raccoon Rivers to Host River CleanupMiddle and South Raccoon Rivers to Host River Cleanup
Volunteer registration is currently available for the 18th Iowa Project AWARE river cleanup expedition.

Lyme Antibody Testing ChangesLyme Antibody Testing Changes
The State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the Lyme IgG and IgM Antibodies by Western Blot tests effective May 1, 2021. Read more.

Whole Genome Sequencing for COVID-19Whole Genome Sequencing for COVID-19
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) determines the order of bases in the genome (genetic material) of an organism. A genome consists of multiple genes which determine the characteristics of the organism.

New Design for OpenELIS Web Portal on March 2ndNew Design for OpenELIS Web Portal on March 2nd
Beginning March 2nd the OpenELIS Web Portal will have a new and more responsive design while still maintaining all of its current functionality. It will now be easier to use on tablets, laptops, and cell phones. The web portal will be temporarily unavailable beginning 11 PM March 1st – 1 AM March 2nd for this deployment.

Cycle Threshold (Ct) values in the testing processCycle Threshold (Ct) values in the testing process
Information and Resources for better understanding the role of Ct values in COVID-19 testing. Read more.

Gazette gives State Hygienic Lab its Driver business awardGazette gives State Hygienic Lab its Driver business award
The staff of the State Hygienic Lab have demonstrated incredible innovation and dedication since the lab became ground zero for most of Iowa’s COVID-19 testing. Read more.

Updated Test Request Form: Required Laboratory Data ReportingUpdated Test Request Form: Required Laboratory Data Reporting
As part of the national response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is requiring that labs report 12 more pieces of data. Nine of these items are new, previously not asked, questions. HHS is collecting this information for both diagnostic and serologic testing. The State Hygienic Laboratory test request form (TRF) will collect this information, starting Tuesday, October 27, 2020.