What is Pod Testing?

Pod Testing, also referred to as swab pooling, is the newest option Poplar Healthcare has to offer to organizations looking to establish an asymptomatic testing program.

Process - Pod Testing

With this method, each person has their own nasal swab; however, up to 20 individual swabs are combined into one tube at the point of collection. If the combined tube is negative, each person is negative. If the tube is positive, the individuals are notified that their pod was positive and each must get individually tested. Pod Testing is a great option for organizations with a low positivity rate, and can cost as little as $5 per individual.

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Pod Testing
Frequently asked questions

How does pod testing work?

Each individual collects a nasal specimen and puts it into the collection tube. The tube is then taken to Poplar Healthcare, and the test is run on the tube using a real-time PCR molecular detection method. The test results are for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, also known as COVID-19.

How long does it take to get results?

Results are available in approximately 24-48 hours from the time the pod is received in the lab. Each individual will be notified, via email, when results are available. The email will include simple instructions on how to retrieve the result.

What if the group pod result is positive?

Each individual included in the pod, or test group, should get an individual COVID-19 test to rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, even if not feeling sick or experiencing symptoms. Additionally, all individuals in the testing group should self isolate until individual results are received.

Are there any restrictions on who can participate in group pod testing?

Those experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, change in taste or smell, or fatigue should NOT participate in pod testing. Additionally, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, should NOT participate.

What does it mean if the group result is negative?

SARS-CoV-2 RNA was not detected in the pooled collection tube containing the swab samples from your group. No further action is needed.

If the pod result is positive, where can we go to get an individual COVID-19 test?

You may utilize the drive-thru at Poplar Healthcare, or any site offering individual COVID-19 testing. You may also view a list of testing centers in Shelby County via the City of Memphis’ testing site list.