COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing at the Biomedical Science Course of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Laboratory according Section 28c of the Epidemic Act.
We are testing in Carinthia for Carinthia

Our offer includes the following laboratory tests:

  • molecular biological SARS-Cov-2 testing (COVID-19 RT PCR) from throat swab material for screening purposes, contact tracing or in suspected cases,
  • Immunochromatographic lateral flow assay (COVID -19 antigen rapid test) for the detection of SARS-Cov-2 antigen in suspected cases from throat swab material (only on a physicians request)
  • Serological detection (ECLIA) for SARS-Cov-2 antibodies (IgG) from serum / plasma, which provides information on a previous COVID-19 infection
  • The service of the PCR or antigen test includes the professional taking of a throat swab by colleagues from the Course Health and Nursing, laboratory analysis in the test laboratory and electronic or paper-based reporting (German, English) to the client by the laboratory staff.

Our PCR results are usually sent to you within 12-36 hours and are suitable for submission to the health authority. The result of the antigen test is available within approx. 20 minutes (only on a physicians request). The antigen tests must also be performed by a healthcare professional.

Since June it is possible for employees and students of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences to admit themselves to at test in our laboratory  in the event of a suspected case, but also as a precaution, for example after a stay abroad (e.g. from a risk area). Also external persons (private individuals) have the opportunity to order COVID-19 tests in our laboratory for a fee. For companies, sports clubs or educational institutions, we also offer pool tests (COVID-19-PCR test in pooled samples). For information please contact us at: testungfh-kaerntenat.

 

 

The collection times (only with an appointment) for the professional collection of the throat swab are:

  • Monday: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday (public holiday): no sample collection

Please let us know the desired date, we will check the availability and confirm your appointment as soon as possible. Sample collection takes place at the FH campus St. Veiterstrasse 47 in 9020 Klagenfurt. Please don't forget to bring a photo ID for identification.

  • COVID-19-PCR-test (reference method): 83.00 EUR including 20% VAT
  • COVID -19-Ag test (rapid antigen test): only on a physicians request
  • COVID-19 serology (ECLIA IgG): 18.00 EUR including 20% VAT (dates only on request)

Note: in Austria, as in most other countries, only the PCR test is officially approved to be able to avoid quarantine. The rapid antigen test does not currently meet this requirement, as rapid tests are not approved for it. Our PCR laboratory reports are recognized by the authorities in Austria and the EU.

 

Please use the online registration tool and make an appointment for the COVID-19 test or contact our test team at: testungfh-kaerntenat.
If you have any questions about our serological tests, the rapid antigen test or PCR pool tests, please contact us exclusively by email at testungfh-kaerntenat, we will then contact you as soon as possible.

 

FH KÄRNTEN
Campus Klagenfurt – St. Veiterstraße 47
Biomedical Science

COVID -19 test laboratory:
+43 5 90 500 36 00 (Mo – Thu 08:00 – 15:00 h, Fr 08:00 – 12:00 h)
testungfh-kaerntenat

 

In the Biomedical Science Course under the direction of FH-Professor Dr. rer. medic. Marco Kachler (Head of Degree Program) and FH-Professor Dr. rer. nat. Astrid Paulitsch-Fuchs (molecular and microbiologist), a COVID-19 test laboratory was established at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. The laboratory has been officially approved in accordance with Section 28c of the Epidemic Act in May 2020 and has been carrying out COVID-19 tests since then. The COVID-19 tests are carried out exclusively by scientifically qualified biomedical analysts and are professionally validated according to the four-eyes principle.

The PCR test for the SARS-Cov-2 (COVID -19) coronavirus is a direct detection of virus RNA obtained from human cell material using a throat swab. In order to be able to detect virus RNA from the throat swab, a sufficient amount of cell material must be swabbed from the back of the throat wall. The more cell material is obtained, the more virus RNA is present in the cell material in the event of an infection, which can then also be detected. The virus RNA is isolated from the cell material in the laboratory under safety conditions and the genetic information of the virus is detected in a molecular biological process called Real Time PCR. If we detect specific genetic material from the virus in the sample material, the test is positive, i.e. there is an infection with SARS-Cov-2. If virus RNA is not detected, the test is negative (below the detection limit). Our laboratory method has a detection limit of approx. 10 virus RNA particles in the PCR. Two options are available for PCR testing. Either the samples are taken directly from us on the FH campus by our professional health and nursing team or the swab samples (oropharynx or nasopharyx swabs) that have been professionally taken externally (e.g. by doctors, DGKP, biomedicals) are sent in for analyses at the COVID-19 test laboratory. We currently have a weekly test capacity of approx. 250 individual tests (up to 800 tests for pool samples).

In contrast to PCR, in which the virus RNA is detected, a virus-specific protein (nucleocapsid protein from SARS-Cov-2) is detected using an immunochromatographic method as a lateral flow assay when antigen detection is used. For this you also need nasopharyngeal swab material. The manufacturer designed the test as a quick test so that a result is available within 15-20 minutes. However, the test is not as sensitive as the PCR, which is why it cannot yet replace the standard PCR method. For certain questions, however, it can be useful to carry out a quick test. We currently only carry out the antigen detection according to a medical indication and on a physicians request.

The PCR test is not suitable for determining whether a SARS-Cov-2 infection has been experienced in the past. We have established an immunological test (ECLIA) for this, which tells us whether or not someone has already had COVID-19 infection. This test for antibodies of the IgG class against COVID-19 is also available in the test laboratory of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. For this analysis, a small amount of blood has to be collected from a vein and the blood-serum is then analyzed in our laboratory.

Update on SARS-Cov-2 PCR tests

At the study program Biomedical Science under the direction of Professor Dr. rer. medic. Marco Kachler and Professor Dr. rer. nat. Astrid Paulitsch-Fuchs, a Covid-19 test laboratory was established at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, which has been officially approved since May 2020 according to §28c Epidemic Law and has been carrying out tests since then.

The range of services includes the molecular biological SARS-Cov-2 RT PCR test (Covid-19) for the detection of an acute infection as well as the serological detection of SARS-Cov-2 antibodies, which provides information about an already completed Covid-19 infection.

The laboratory test for the coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19) is a direct detection of viral RNA from human cell material using a throat swab. In order to detect viral RNA from the throat swab, a sufficient amount of cell material shall be swabbed from the posterior pharyngeal wall. The more cell material is obtained, the more viral RNA is present in the cell material in the case of an infection, which is then also detectable. From the cell material, the viral RNA is isolated in the laboratory under safety conditions and the genetic information of the virus is detected in a molecular biological process called Real Time PCR. If we detect specific genetic material from the virus in the sample material, the test is positive, i.e. there is an infection with SARS-Cov-2. If no virus RNA is detected, the test is negative. Our laboratory procedure has a detection limit of approx. 10 virus RNA particles. However, the PCR test is not suitable for determining whether a SARS-Cov-2 infection has occurred in the past. Therefore we have established an immunological test that tells us something about whether someone has already undergone a corona infection. This test for antibodies against Covid-19 is also available in the test laboratory of the CUAS. A blood sample must be taken for this.

Since June it has been possible for employees* of the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences to have themselves tested in case of suspicion, but also as a precautionary measure, for example after a stay abroad (e.g. from a risk area). This option is also available to students, especially in the health science courses of study. However, external parties can also send us samples for testing at a charge.

Two options are available for PCR testing. Either sending the swab samples (oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs), which have been professionally collected (e.g. by doctors, DGKP, biomedical analysts) to the Covid-19 test laboratory. We request a notification at testungfh-kaerntenat for appointment/capacity coordination, as our laboratory can handle a capacity of about 40 tests (up to 150 tests for pool samples). The test material is then sent to the CUAS laboratory from where the results are usually reported within 24 hours.

In addition, there is the possibility that the CUAS sampling team of the health and nursing department will perform a sampling every Tuesday and Thursday. This service, which is primarily intended for CUAS staff and students, can also be used by external persons by prior appointment if capacity is available.
We ask for appointment requests by external persons for Covid testing under testungfh-kaerntenat, stating a mobile number. As a rule, you will receive very quickly a feedback on the further procedure (costs, procedure, appointment option). The same applies to requests for serological testing (proof of immunity to Covid-19).

Here you will find an overview of the laboratories in Austria - provided by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. The list is updated every 2 weeks.
 
CONTACT
FH CARINTHIA
Campus Klagenfurt - St. Veiterstraße 47
Study course biomedical analytics
+43 5 90 500 35 01 (Info Administration)
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