COVID-19 Testing Laboratory

Michigan Technological University has partnered with regional hospitals to begin receiving and testing patient samples on campus to save doctors and health care providers at least 24 hours, and up to a week, of waiting for COVID-19 test results. The testing laboratory is housed in several secure biological laboratories on the Michigan Tech campus.

Health care providers who would like to submit samples to be tested can find instructions on this page. 

Individuals must go to a health care provider to have a sample taken. Please call the Upper Great Lakes, Aspirus, or your health care provider to schedule an appointment. 

How to Submit Samples to the Laboratory

  1. Collect and label the sample.
    1. We accept the following types of samples: 
      1. A nasopharyngeal (NP) sample collected by a healthcare professional; or
      2. An oropharyngeal (OP) sample collected by a healthcare professional; or
      3. A nasal mid-turbinate (NMT) swab collected by a healthcare professional or by a supervised onsite self-collection (using a flocked tapered swab); or
      4. An anterior nares (nasal swab) sample collected by a healthcare provider or by home or supervised onsite self-collection (using a flocked or spun polyester swab)
    2. Samples need to be placed into approved VTM, saline, or modified Aimes media with a minimum of 1 ml of volume.
  2. Download and complete the requisition form.
    1. This form must be completely filled out and included with each sample.
    2. Include the requisition form inside the biohazard bag with the sample.
  3. Contact the laboratory office at 906-487-1573 (this number is for healthcare practitioners, vendors, and laboratories only) or at to schedule a sample drop-off.
  4. Package your sample.
    1. Place the labeled sample in a biohazard bag with a completed requisition form (we cannot accept unlabeled samples). You can place multiple biohazard bags, each containing an individual sample and requisition form, inside of a larger biohazard bag for delivery.

    2. Disinfect the sealed biohazard bag so it is safe to handle.

    3. Place a frozen ice pack inside a styrofoam container or cooler.
    4. Place the sealed biohazard bag on top of the frozen ice pack.
    5. Place the lid on top of the container or close the cooler lid.
    6. Disinfect the outside of the container or cooler so that it is safe to handle.
  5. Deliver or ship your sample to the laboratory.
    1. If you are a health care provider and are geographically close to Michigan Tech, you can deliver samples directly to the University Chemical Stores between 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
      1. The University Chemical Stores (Chem Stores) is located at the Chemical Sciences and Engineering (Building 19) loading dock off of Cliff Drive.
      2. Parking is available at the R.L. Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (MEEM) (Building 20) parking Lot 3 or short-term parking in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering (Building 19) loading dock: visit campus maps.
      3. Enter through the loading dock outside entrance and knock on the inner door as directed.
      4. If you need assistance locating the entrance, call 906-487-2049.
      5. Couriers must drop off samples and take the delivery container (i.e., a cooler used to transport samples) back with them. DO NOT leave the delivery container at the University Chemical Stores.
      6. DO NOT drop off samples at Mail Services or at Central Receiving.
    2. For sample shipping, follow our shipping instructions:
      1. Address the shipping container to:

        Michigan Technological University 
        COVID-19 Testing Lab
        c/o University Chem Stores
        B017 Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building
        Houghton, MI 49931
  6. Upon receipt, samples will be tested within approximately 48 hours.
  7. Test results will be securely faxed to the fax number provided on the lab requisition form.