List of path labs for Coronavirus testing in India: How and where to get tested for COVID-19?

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With the spread of coronavirus not reined in as yet, there is panic about how to detect if one has the dreaded infection or not. Where does one get tested? Here’s all you wanted to know. The global count of the number of people affected by coronavirus or COVID-19 is climbing, adding to people’s worries and anxiety. Many want to know where to get tested if they want to know if they or a family member suspects a novel coronavirus infection.

The chief laboratory for COVID-19 sample testing is the Pune-based National Institute of Virology which is administrated by the Indian Council for Medical Research. At the state-level and the Union Territory-level, the government is providing COVID-19 testing at the 52 viral research and diagnostic laboratories (VRDL). People can’t directly go to these labs to get tests done, but have to be referred by the local government hospitals.

Here is a list of the pathological laboratories that have been authorised to carry out these tests.

COVID19 Testing Strategy in India:

There is currently no community transmission of COVID19. The disease is primarily reported in individuals with travel history to the affected countries or close contacts of positive cases. Therefore all individuals need not be tested

WHOM TO TEST:

Direct close physical contact of laboratory-confirmed positive case History of travel in the last 14 days to high-risk COVID affected countries

If both parameters above ticked:

Home quarantine for 14 days

If Symptomatic within 14 days, then Laboratory test is to be done. One must contact MoH&FW helpline for testing (+91-11-23978046). Throat swab + nasal swabs are taken in Viral Transport Medium in one tube in the cold chain.

In no symptoms, no test required. *Source: ICMR official website

52 testing sites for COVID ‐19

State/UT and the list of VRDLs

Andhra Pradesh 1. Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati 2. Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Andaman & Nicobar islands 3. GMC, Anantapur, AP 4. Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar

Assam 5. Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati 6. Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh

Bihar 7. Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

Chandigarh 8. Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh

Chhattisgarh 9. All India Institute Medical Sciences, Raipur

Delhi-NCT 10. All India Institute Medical Sciences, Delhi 11. National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi

Gujarat 12. BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad 13. M.P.Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar 14. Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Inst. of Med. Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana

Haryana 15. BPS Govt Medical College, Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh 16. Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 17. Dr.Rajendra Prasad Govt. Med. College, Kangra, Tanda, HP

Jammu and Kashmir 18. Sher‐e‐ Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar 19. Government Medical College, Jammu

Jharkhand 20. MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur

Karnataka 21. Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore 22. National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore 23. Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore 24. Hassan Inst. of Med. Sciences, Hassan, Karnataka 25. Shimoga Inst. of Med. Sciences, Shivamogga, Karnataka

Kerala 26. National Institute of Virology Field Unit, Kerala 27. Govt. Medical College, Thriuvananthapuram, Kerala 28. Govt. Medical College, Kozhikhode, Kerala

Madhya Pradesh 29. All India Institute Medical Sciences, Bhopal 30. National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur

Meghalaya 31. NEIGRI of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, Meghalaya

Maharashtra 32. Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur 33. Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai

Manipur 34. J N Inst. of Med. Sciences Hospital, Imphal‐East, Manipur

Odisha 35. Regional Medical Research Center, Bhubaneswar

Puducherry 36. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry

Punjab 37. Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab 38. Government Medical College, Amritsar

Rajasthan 39. Sawai Man Singh, Jaipur 40. Dr. S.N Medical College, Jodhpur 41. Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan 42. SP Med. College, Bikaner, Rajasthan

Tamil Nadu 43. King’s Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai 44. Government Medical College, Theni

Tripura 45. Government Medical College, Agartala

Telangana 46. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad

Uttar Pradesh 47. King’s George Medical University, Lucknow 48. Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 49. Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh

Uttarakhand 50. Government Medical College, Haldwani

West Bengal 51. National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata 52. IPGMER, Kolkata

Apart from the above 52 labs, there are 57 laboratories for helping in sample collection for COVID ‐19

State/UT LIST OF VRDLs

Andhra Pradesh 1. Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada 2. Rajeev Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa 3. Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada 4. Guntur Medical College, Guntur

Assam 5. Silchar Medical College, Silchar 6. Jorhat Medical College, Jorhat 7. Tezpur Medical College, Tezpur 8. Fakhruddin Medical College, Barpeta

Bihar 9. Patna Medical College, Patna 10. Darbhanga Medical College, Darbhanga 11. S K Medical College, Muzaffarpur

Chandigarh 12. Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh

Chhattisgarh 13. Late Sri BaliramKashyap Memorial Govt. Medical College, Jagdalpur

Delhi‐NCT 14. Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi

Gujarat 15. Government Medical College, Surat 16. GMC, Bhavnagar 17. PDU GMC, Rajkot 18. Government Medical College & SSG Hospital, Vadodara

Jammu and Kashmir 19. Government Medical College, Srinagar

Jharkhand 20. Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi

Karnataka

21. Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Science, Bellary 22. Gulbarga Institute Of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga

Kerala 23. Government Medical College, Thrissur

Ladakh 24. Sonam Namgyal Memorial Hospital, Leh

Madhya Pradesh 25. Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar 26. MGM Medical College, Indore 27. Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior 28. S.S Medical College, Rewa

Maharashtra 29. Government Medical College, Miraj, Sangli 30. Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai 31. Government Medical College, Nagpur 32. Government Medical College, Aurangabad 33. V. M. Government Medical College, Solapur 34. Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College, Dhule 35. Government Medical College and Hospital & Superspeciality Hospital, Akola

Manipur 36. Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal

Odisha 37. SCB Medical College, Cuttack

Puducherry 38. Indira Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry

Rajasthan 39. RNT Medical College, Udaipur 40. AIIMS, Jodhpur

Tamil Nadu 41. Madurai Medical College, Madurai 42. Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem 43. Government Medical College, Thiruvarur 44. Government Medical College, Villupuram 45. Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli 46. Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore 47. Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Telangana 48. Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad 49. Kakatiya Medical College, Nizampura, Warangal

Uttar Pradesh 50. UPUMS,(Formerly UPRIMS) Saifai

Uttarakhand 51. AIIMS, Rishikesh 52. Doon Government Medical College, Dehradun

West Bengal 53. Murshidabad Medical College & Hospital, Murshidabad, Berhampur, West Bengal 54. Midnapore Medical College & Hospital, Midnapore 55. North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling 56. Malda Medical College, Malda 57. RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata

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