24-48 hours from the time the specimen is received in our laboratory.


What does it mean if I have a positive test result?

If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. You should follow CDC guidance to reduce the potential transmission of disease.

 There is a smaller possibility that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false-positive result), particularly when used in a population without many cases of COVID-19 infection. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with medical history, and your symptoms

What does it mean if I have a negative test result?

A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample.

However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. You might test negative if the sample was collected early during your infection.  You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after your sample was collected and then have become infected. 

This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test result is negative. If your test is negative, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you.

It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.


We offer customized programs based on different testing needs between organizations, agencies, and employers. The retail price for our COVID diagnostic test is $120.

Most insurers have waived patient responsibility and copays for COVID-19 testing. For those without insurance, testing is available and covered as part of the U.S. COVID-19 Uninsured Program. More information on this program can be found here.


Sample collection kits are delivered to your office or institution.


Results are returned via email.


Tempus Labs Fact Sheet for HCP

Tempus Labs Fact Sheet for Patients

Tempus’ COVID-19 tests are either validated in accordance with FDA policies or have received an EUA authorization from FDA. The EUA authorized test:has not been FDA cleared or approved; has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by the authorized laboratories; has been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens; and is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.

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