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UPMC Department of Pathology: Visiting Safely During COVID-19

You may need more answers about your health. And sometimes you may need to get those answers through a test.

At the UPMC Department of Pathology, we help to provide those answers. We test samples of tissue, blood, urine, and other bodily fluids and can help provide a diagnosis or detect abnormalities.

Our dedication to you and your health remains our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need a lab test, we are committed to helping you get it, while also keeping you safe from COVID-19.

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority at the UPMC Department of Pathology

If you need to visit one of our locations for a lab test, we are taking every step to protect you and our staff from COVID-19. We are following all recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • We screen patients and staff for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms.
  • We have expanded our testing capacity for the coronavirus. Find out more about our testing procedures.
  • We require all adults and children over 2 years old to wear facemasks at all times inside all UPMC facilities.
  • We use hospital-grade disinfectants to extensively clean all of our facilities. We are especially focused on sanitizing high-touch areas like countertops and doorknobs.
  • Our health care workers can provide expert care for any of your medical needs. We have enough supplies of masks, gowns, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them — and you — safe.
  • To protect our patients and staff, and to limit the potential for the spread of infectious disease, we currently are restricting visitors and volunteers at UPMC facilities. See our updated policy.

To find out more about what we're doing to provide care and keep you safe from COVID-19, visit

What to Expect During Your In-Person Lab Test

It's safe to visit a lab for testing.

We have updated our facility policies to provide necessary protection to patients and staff, rolling out extensive precautions.

Before your visit, you can call your lab about what you can expect at your appointment, including:

  • When to arrive.
  • What to do when you get there.
  • What you should bring.

You must wear a facemask to enter our facilities and continue to wear it throughout the building. We also ask that you follow COVID-19 preventive measures, such as regular handwashing and proper social distancing.

More than ever, we're working to protect you. You can count on us.

More UPMC Resources

  • Schedule your appointment: To schedule an appointment, call the UPMC Referral Line at 1-800-533-8762 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Visitor restrictions: We are currently restricting visitors at our locations to protect patients and staff. Find out more about our policy.