COVID-19 Testing Supplies and Specimens—Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

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Attn: Nursing homes and assisted living facilities:

COVID-19Testing Supplies and Specimens: Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The transport of COVID-19 testing supplies and specimens may be delayed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (11/26/2020). FedEx and UPS do not deliver on Thanksgiving or on Sundays. Both companies are already experiencing heavy volume due to holiday shopping. As we move beyond Thanksgiving into December, we expect additional holiday delays as well as delays due to inclement weather.

With this in mind, place your orders as soon as possible to allow extra time for delivery of testing materials. Specifically, nursing homes and assisted living facilities should place their orders for their next two weeks of testing. We also encourage you to contact your specific lab for information on their pickup policies over the holiday.

The chart below shows projected delivery delays.

Order Date Time Order is Submitted Projected Delivery Date
Monday, 11/23 Noon Wednesday, 11/25
Monday, 11/23 4 p.m. Friday, 11/27 or Monday, 11/30
Tuesday, 11/24 Noon Friday, 11/27 or Monday, 11/30
Tuesday, 11/24 4 p.m. Monday, 11/30
Wednesday, 11/25 4 p.m. Wednesday, 12/2

Please keep in mind that the dates provided above are estimates and are subject to change based on carrier capacity. For questions related to your testing needs or more specific lab instructions, please contact the COVID Testing Customer Outreach team.