With one of the most advanced clinical testing laboratories of oncology and depression patients in the country, and the ability to process close to 2 million samples each year, Tempus is uniquely situated to extend testing capabilities to infectious diseases, starting with COVID-19. Leveraging our existing testing capabilities, we’ve launched a diagnostic RT-PCR assay for COVID-19. PCR testing is one of the testing options authorized by the FDA to detect and track the spread of COVID-19.
As we return to “normal,” we need a system to determine who has COVID-19, while simultaneously gathering relevant data about the underlying genetics of these diseases. Tempus is committed to supporting the care of COVID-19 patients through testing and collecting the appropriate data to understand the disease at a greater level. Tempus is committed to supporting the care of COVID-19 patients through testing and collecting the appropriate data to understand the disease at a greater level.
Tempus is committed to providing easy access to our tests and services.
You can request a Tempus COVID-19 test through your healthcare provider.
You will either have your sample taken by your provider, or you will be sent a Tempus kit for at-home sample collection if eligible.
The sample is sent to our lab, and your sample will typically be processed within 24-48 hours of receipt.
Your healthcare provider will disclose your test result to you. They will work with you to determine the best next steps based on your result. Some patients will also have the option to view their results through the Tempus COVID-19 mobile app. See mobile app FAQ.
*While we try to process all tests as quickly as possible, periods of high demand can lead to delayed turnaround times. In addition, there are always some tests that take longer than others for reasons outside of our control, for example due to shipping delays, sample quality issues, or otherwise inconclusive results. We cannot guarantee a specific turnaround time for travel or other purposes.
If you provide accurate insurance information or proof that you are uninsured to your ordering provider, you will not be billed for our testing services. If you prefer to not use your insurance and opt for a direct bill instead, Tempus will invoice you directly.
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