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Updated Test Request Form: Required Laboratory Data ReportingUpdated Test Request Form: Required Laboratory Data Reporting
As part of the national response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is requiring that labs report 12 more pieces of data. Nine of these items are new, previously not asked, questions. HHS is collecting this information for both diagnostic and serologic testing. The State Hygienic Laboratory test request form (TRF) will collect this information, starting Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Hygienic Lab ambassador plays critical role in serving Iowa during COVID-19Hygienic Lab ambassador plays critical role in serving Iowa during COVID-19
If the State Hygienic Laboratory's Coralville operation is headquarters in Iowa's war on COVID-19, Connie Henderson is the lab's forward scout and envoy to clinics across the state. Read more.

UI employees step up to help State Hygienic Lab with COVID-19 testingUI employees step up to help State Hygienic Lab with COVID-19 testing
Three of those unsung heroes include Mallory Stroik, Lisa Hancox, and Sterling Ortega, all of whom have helped with analyzing COVID-19 test results. Read more.

COVID Electronic Test OrderingCOVID Electronic Test Ordering
COVID-19 testing efforts continue to rapidly expand in Iowa and SHL is committed to providing the best turnaround times possible. The SHL Electronic Test Request Form is an essential component in expediting SHL’s results. Long Term Care Facilities and Clinical Labs must submit COVID-19 samples using the Electronic Test Request Form in the SHL Web Portal to ensure a timely result.

CMS Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care FacilitiesCMS Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
The IDPH and SHL testing response to the August 26, 2020 CMS testing requirements for long-term care facilities can be read here.

Regent resolution praises State Hygienic Lab COVID-19 testing effortsRegent resolution praises State Hygienic Lab COVID-19 testing efforts
The State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) was recognized by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its recent meeting for its heroic handling of statewide testing for the coronavirus. Read more.

Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM Antibodies Testing DiscontinuedHerpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM Antibodies Testing Discontinued
Due to decreased demand for Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM antibodies testing, the State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the following tests effective July 6, 2020:

Iowa's Newborn Screening Program to pilot screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)Iowa's Newborn Screening Program to pilot screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
The State Hygienic Laboratory is a proud partner of Iowa's Newborn Screening Program. In July, a pilot will begin to screen for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).