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Monkeypox (hMPXV) Testing

Commercial testing laboratories should be used when available. The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory will prioritize Orthopox PCR testing for patients and healthcare facilities without access to commercial laboratory testing services. Specimens tested at OSPHL must meet criteria for testing outlined in the Submitting Specimens to OSPHL for Orthopox (monkeypox) Testing guidance.

Laboratory Notices

2022 Notices

2021 Notices

Laboratory Closures

The OSPHL observes laboratory closures in accordance with the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) designated closures. Please visit the DAS Building Closures website for a list of planned holiday closures and weather-related closures.

In the event of a weather-related closure, some OSPHL staff may report to work to receive specimens. Limited testing services may be provided.