OpenELIS Web Portal Slowness
Some OpenELIS Web Portal users are experiencing that the Final Report screen and other screens are popping up slowly. We are working to correct this issue as fast as possible, hopefully, within a few days. In the meantime, you will want to click on the “Wait” button and wait until the Final Report screen pops up.
New 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.
Whole 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.
Cycle 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 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 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.
Hygienic Lab ambassador plays critical role in serving Iowa during COVID-19
If the State Hygienic Laboratory's Coralville operation is headquarters in Iowa's war on COVID-19, Connie Henderson is the lab's forward scout and envoy to clinics across the state. Read more.
UI employees step up to help State Hygienic Lab with COVID-19 testing
Three of those unsung heroes include Mallory Stroik, Lisa Hancox, and Sterling Ortega, all of whom have helped with analyzing COVID-19 test results. Read more.
COVID Electronic Test Ordering
COVID-19 testing efforts continue to rapidly expand in Iowa and SHL is committed to providing the best turnaround times possible. The SHL Electronic Test Request Form is an essential component in expediting SHL’s results. Long Term Care Facilities and Clinical Labs must submit COVID-19 samples using the Electronic Test Request Form in the SHL Web Portal to ensure a timely result.
CMS Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
The IDPH and SHL testing response to the August 26, 2020 CMS testing requirements for long-term care facilities can be read here.
Regent resolution praises State Hygienic Lab COVID-19 testing efforts
The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) was recognized by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its recent meeting for its heroic handling of statewide testing for the coronavirus.