Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 testing

Test for detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) antibodies is also available at E. Gulbja Laboratorija. More about the test.
The testing procedure and payment reimbursement conditions described below do not apply to this test.

 

All Latvian citizens and residence permit holders can have the Covid-19 test done for free until October 26th, even if there are no symptoms. After applying, we will call you, to arrange the appointment, as soon as possible.
If the patient is not a citizen or a residence permit holder and has no Covid-19 symptoms, the test costs 53 EUR.

Due to changes in Covid-19 testing procedures in Latvia, we would like to inform you that from 26 October, the test will only be performed free of charge with a referral from a family doctor or a specialist.

 

It is forbidden to arrive for testing without a prior appointment!

For doctors:
To request state financed testing for COVID-19 for your patients, fill THIS FORM.
To access the form you will be requested to electronically authenticate though one of the available authentication services.


To perform the SARS-CoV-2019 test, the patient must make an appointment by calling +371 67801112.



If the patient has not recently returned from abroad and has not been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, we recommend that the test be performed in conjunction with an influenza express test and/or a respiratory infection panel to identify the disease pathogen. The laboratory will first perform the SARS-CoV-2019 test.

Test name Laboratory code Price EUR
Flu express test 6378 12,70
Respiratory infection panel (viruses) 5910 47,30
Respiratory infection panel (viruses and bacteria) 5915 122,30

 

Information about the use of saliva samples for SARS-CoV-2 RNA detection

 
 We have prepared a short explanation about in which cases saliva samples can be used for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 presence.

 It has been demonstrated by various international and E. Gulbja Laboratorija studies, as well as described in the guidelines of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, that saliva samples can be used to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus RNA in humans.

 One of the main advantages of a saliva sample is the ease of obtaining the material, which can be performed by the patient him- or herself, and which does not cause discomfort during the sample collection process. Because of the fact that the collection of the sample does not require specially trained medical personnel, this can significantly expand the range of patients that can be tested.

 Detection of the virus in a saliva sample is intended for screening purposes, i.e., to find infected and/or infectious individuals in a group, and is to be performed on a regular basis, for example in a work group environment, in an educational establishment or in an outbreak area.

 It should be noted that saliva samples cannot be used in all cases (both clinical and epidemiological).
Saliva samples should be used in the acute phase of the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection until approximately day 8 after the onset of clinical symptoms, and should NOT be used for the purposes of quarantine termination or other control testing in the following cases:

  • The patient has previously had a positive SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA result from an oropharyngeal/nasopharyngeal swab specimen
  • The patient has previously had a positive SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA result in a saliva sample
  • The patient’s blood sample contains specific antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus

E. Gulbja Laboratorija does not test samples like this.

 An oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swab specimen should be used to terminate quarantine following COVID-19 disease or other control testing. If control testing is performed no earlier than day 14, it is recommended that specific SARS-CoV-2 virus antibodies be detected in the patient’s blood sample.

 Saliva collection kits for medical practices are/will be delivered in coordination with the Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

 

 


Information phone if you have questions about COVID-19 – 8345

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