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Test order codeHelp: JAX COVID-19 Whole Genome Sequencing Assay

Test name


JAX COVID-19 Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) (COVID-19 WGS)

Purpose of the test


This is a clinical microbial test intended for Help: Microbe identification, Screening



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How to order


If you would like to begin sending samples to The Jackson Laboratory for COVID testing, please contact CGL_COVID_CS@jax.org.
Order URL Help: https://www.jax.org/coronavirus-information/provider-information/requesting-a-test-order

Specimen source

Nasal swab
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab
Oropharyngeal swab
Purified RNA

Sample requirements

Please visit https://www.jax.org/coronavirus-information/provider-information for comprehensive instructions for specimen collection and transport.

Turnaround time

3-5 calendar days


Molecular Genetics
TTargeted variant analysis
Next-Generation (NGS)/Massively parallel sequencing (MPS)
  • Illumina NextSeq 500
  • Illumina COVIDSeq

Summary of what is tested

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Clinical utility


Not provided

Clinical validity


Not provided

Comments about the test interpretation (e.g. clinical implication of test results)

Classification of a sample as a variant of interest (VOI), variant of concern (VOC), or variant of high consequence (VOHC) is based on the lineage classifications produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Due to the developing nature of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, these classifications are subject to change quickly and without notice. The classification presented on the report reflects the CDC classifications as of the report signature date. The Jackson Laboratory is not responsible for reporting or updating the CDC classifications beyond issuing the original report. Please see below for up to date information regarding the SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classification and Definitions.

Testing strategy


Reflex test for Sars-CoV-2 positive specimens. 000 If you would like to begin sending samples to The Jackson Laboratory for COVID testing, please contact CGL_COVID_CS@jax.org.

Clinical resources

Practice guidelines

  • NICE, 2022
    UK NICE Guideline NG191, COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing COVID-19

Consumer resources

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