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Tray of COVID-19 Saliva Test Tubes

Our Services

The Diagnostic Genomics Laboratory in the College of Pharmacy at UofSC provides saliva-based testing for COVID-19 and operates as a clinical outlet for discoveries in pharmacogenomics.

COVID-19 Saliva Testing | General Public

The Diagnostic Genomics Lab's COVID-19 saliva test is quick, noninvasive and results can be shared within 48 hours after the sample is collected. No appointment or referral required.

Address: 1311 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29208 

Parking:  Available in spaces 1-20 adjacent to the building. Please do not park in perimeter spaces. Metered parking is available nearby.

Cost: $70 per visit for general public. ($100 for same-day processing.) Payment by credit, debit or HSA card only. To save time at the testing site, pre-register and pre-pay for your test.

Before you arrive:

  • Do not eat, drink, smoke or vape, brush your teeth or chew gum or mints for 30 minutes before testing.
  • You may have clear water up until 10 minutes before testing. Hydrate well on your test day.
  • Masks are required at the testing site.

Testing Hours

Day Hours *
Monday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Holiday Closures

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday:
Wednesday, November 23 - Sunday, November 27

Normal Hours Resume: 
Monday, November 28

* Please check this page regularly as locations or times may change. 

  1. Register: When directed by a staff monitor, you will approach the registration table and a collection staff member will register you using your photo ID. The staff member will scan the barcode on an empty sample test tube, attach a label with your information, and will give the tube to you. Take a photograph of the barcode for your reference.

  2. Test Area: You may sit or stand, provided you are socially distanced apart from other people who are testing. Chairs are provided or standing markers will be in place.

  3. Provide Sample: Collect naturally occurring saliva in your mouth and deposit it up to the 5 ml mark of your barcoded test tube. (This is the equivalent of one teaspoon.) Bubbles do not count towards your 5 ml of saliva.

  4. Close the Sample Tube Securely: When your clear saliva sample reaches the 5 ml mark, your saliva collection is complete. Secure the test tube top on and proceed to the check out table.

  5. Check Out Table: Following safe social distancing guidelines and when space is available, show your sample tube to a staffer for them to verify the 5 ml volume. Do not hand it to a staffer but carefully place your sample tube into a rack on the table.

  6. Sanitize: Hand sanitizer will be provided to you before you leave.

  7. Results: You will receive an email with a secured link to test results within 48 hours.

Our saliva test has been validated in a high complexity CLIA-certified laboratory and submitted to the FDA for an emergency use authorization (EUA.) The sensitivity and specificity of this test >97.5% accurate.


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