Self Swab Specimen Collection

COVID-19 testing sites in the Coastal Health District use a “self swab” method of specimen collection.

Staff will provide instructions at the testing site and observe specimen collections to be sure they are done correctly.

Instructions for performing the self-administered nasal specimen collection

  1. Pull open the swab wrapper, grasping the sides at the end.
  2. Handle only the plastic end of the swab.
  3. Do NOT touch the soft end.
  4. Place the soft end of the swab midway in the nostril until you feel resistance.
  5. Slowly rotate the swab 5 times on the nasal wall.
  6. Insert the swab in the other nostril and repeat.
  7. Follow the guidance of on-site staff for proper and safe return of the swab.