Status of Testing at the Vermont Health Department Laboratory
As the state prioritizes the response to the new coronavirus in Vermont, the Health Department Laboratory is working to make sure staff are protected against COVID-19 so they can continue to perform essential testing. This means sending home any staff who aren’t working on essential testing and making the difficult choice to suspend non-essential lab services.
We know that these decisions will have an impact on Vermonters, and we will be watching closely to determine if we need to adjust lab testing priorities to protect public health in Vermont as this situation evolves. At this point, we feel this is an important step to take in order to respond to this new public health threat.
Effective immediately, all non-essential testing at the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory will be suspended. The following essential testing will continue at the Health Department Laboratory:
- COVID-19 testing
- Tuberculosis testing
- Animal Rabies testing (only in cases where a human has potentially been exposed to rabies)
- Measles testing
- Urine Drug Screening
- Blood Lead
Order Test Kits
Only test kits for the essential tests listed above may be ordered at this time.
By phone: call 802-338-4724 or 800-660-9997 (toll-free in Vermont).
By mail: download one of the order forms below and mail it to Public Health Laboratory.
By fax: download one of the order forms below and fax it to 802-338-4706.
All rabies testing requests must be pre-approved by Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Call (802) 863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374 (available 24/7) for approval. Then complete the Request for Examination form and read the Shipping and Instruction Sheet.