SURROGATE BACTERIAL SURFACE TEST KIT FOR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Hawk Environmental Services has worked closely with our long-term lab partners to bring a simple and cost-effective surrogate test method for coronavirus to market.
This test kit is used to evaluate the existing respiratory organism population of a surface area as an indicator for the potential of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
Contact us to get your initial test kit:
While the country has geared up to deal with and address the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 infections, we have seen many schools, restaurants, and other businesses close their doors. Most businesses and publicly accessible spaces have improved their cleaning and hygiene policies overall. However, it can be difficult to verify cleanliness and produce accurate logs that will limit a facility’s liability in case an employee or customer becomes infected.
Hawk Environmental Services can ship out test kits with prepaid return labels to allow businesses to test, verify, and document that cleaning practices are sufficient to remove the majority of the human respiratory organisms (this is not a direct test for COVID-19).
This surrogate test kit is used to evaluate the microbial population of a surface area and the effectiveness of surface cleaning procedures. The samples are cultured on blood agar to assess the type and quantity of bacteria present. The blood agar can be used to culture common bacteria of the human respiratory system such as Streptococcus (alpha and gamma-hemolytic strains) and S. aureus, in addition to typical environmental bacteria for a comprehensive assessment of the bacterial population. The types of isolated bacterial colonies (eg, human respiratory vs environmental) can be used as an indicator for the potential of viral presence.
How Much Does It Cost?
|Initial Sampling Kit||Includes 20 sterile sponges||$99|
|Analysis – Surrogate Coronavirus Surface Swab Test||1 – 5 swabs||$121/swab|
|Analysis – Surrogate Coronavirus Surface Swab Test||6 – 20 swabs||$106/swab|
|Shipping||Pre-Paid Mailing Label||Free|
How It Works
Collect Your Samples
Submit Samples to the Lab
Using the provided return label and FedEx envelope, send your packaged samples and completed chain-of-custody form back to our lab* for analysis. Samples should ideally be submitted within 24 hours of collection.
**AIHA, NVLAP, and CDC Elite accredited
Receive Your Detailed Report
Hawk Environmental Services will keep records of your results for your convenience, and encourages you to do the same.
What’s in the Box?
Sterile Rayon Swab
Sterile soft rayon swabs on two plastic shafts with a round bottom plastic tube containing 5ml of liquid Stuart semi-solid transport medium.
The 3M™ Sponge-Stick is a 1.5 x 3 inch biocide-free sponge ideal for Coronavirus testing. The stick-mounted sponge design provides the ability to easily snap off the sponge from the handle after swabbing.
Use the Sampling Instructions as a reference for proper collection and packaging of your test samples.
Pre-Paid Mailing Label
Once everything is ready, use the provided pre-paid mailing label to send the samples to our lab for analysis.