Public Health Laboratory


Biothreat Testing

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Laboratory Biothreat Testing

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory (SLOPHL) serves as the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) reference laboratory for the identification of biologic agents of terrorism for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. We have been serving in this capacity since early 2009 as one of 14 local public health laboratories providing LRN services to multi-county jurisdictions in California. Our role is to accurately determine the presence or absence of suspected bioterrorism agents and assist clinical and other diagnostic laboratories (called sentinel laboratories) in ruling out these agents by basic microbiologic techniques or by rapidly referring specimens and culture isolates for testing. We also facilitate training and communication to ensure timely responses and identification of possible agents.

For further information about the laboratory’s biothreat program click on the links below:

Courier Services

If the number and frequency of your test requests require the assistance of a courier, contact the Laboratory Director by phone (805) 781-5512 or email [email protected] for any additional information regarding your approval for courier services.

Hot Topics

This service provides specimen collection information for specific cases.

Laboratory Messenger

The Laboratory Messenger is a periodic newsletter published by the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory containing current news of interest for clinicians and laboratorians.  
 

Laboratory Services Overview

The Public Health Laboratory provides clinical and environmental testing to support programs of the Health Agency as well as hospitals, clinics, physicians, private businesses, citizens, and local, state, and federal authorities.

For additional information, please call the Public Health Laboratory (805) 781-5507 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed weekends and holidays).

Non-Diagnostic General Health Assessment Certification

Qualified firms employing licensed medical staff may apply for a certificate on an annual basis to host public non-diagnostic general health assessment testing.

Phone Numbers

This service provides contact phone numbers for the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory.

Please note: the lab is unable to give results directly to patients. If you are a patient, please contact your healthcare provider to get your results. 

Tests and Fees

Laboratory Testing Services and Fees (Note: Updated fees for July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024). For additional information, please call the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory (805) 781-5507 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed weekends and holidays).

Refer to the test catalog for a for a compilation of test information and specimen collection instructions.


Unless otherwise noted, specimens may only be collected by authorized medical professionals at any clinical practice or clinical location in the County. Specimens must be transported by courier or other means to the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory at 2191 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, for testing.

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Web Portal

Laboratory testing results that have been submitted to the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Laboratory, can be viewed online at any time.