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COVID-19 Testing DelaysCOVID-19 Testing Delays
Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 testing volume, current turnaround time is approximately 72 hours. Results are available on the OpenELIS Web Portal as soon as they are completed. Laboratory staff are not able to provide results by phone prior to availability on the Web Portal. Thank you for your patience.

CMS Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care FacilitiesCMS 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.

Ordering COVID-19 Tests - Important UpdatesOrdering COVID-19 Tests - Important Updates
The following items will take effect on Wednesday, September 2, 2020:

Regent resolution praises State Hygienic Lab COVID-19 testing effortsRegent 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. Read more.

New SHL Web Portal Application ProcessNew SHL Web Portal Application Process
The State Hygienic Laboratory is always looking for ways to innovate. We are announcing an improvement that will assist clinical clients to obtain a web portal account faster and easier.

State Hygienic Lab staff show exceptional commitment to serving Iowans during COVID-19State Hygienic Lab staff show exceptional commitment to serving Iowans during COVID-19
The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa (SHL) is cross-training staff and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet testing demands. Read more.

Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM Antibodies Testing DiscontinuedHerpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM Antibodies Testing Discontinued
Due to decreased demand for Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM antibodies testing, the State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the following tests effective July 6, 2020:

Iowa's Newborn Screening Program to pilot screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)Iowa's Newborn Screening Program to pilot screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
The State Hygienic Laboratory is a proud partner of Iowa's Newborn Screening Program. In July, a pilot will begin to screen for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Discharge Monitoring Report-Quality Assurance Study Program (DMR-QA)Discharge Monitoring Report-Quality Assurance Study Program (DMR-QA)
Every year, EPA sends out participation information on the Discharge Monitoring Report-Quality Assurance Study Program (DMR-QA). Waste water permittees that participate must report proficiency testing (PT) results for analytes on their permits and DMR-QA analyte list.