To ensure a smooth and efficient process when shipping a specimen to the South Dakota State Health Laboratory, please follow the guidelines below:

  1. Contact the State Laboratory: Before shipping your specimen, it is essential to contact the State Laboratory. You can reach us at (605)-773-3368 during regular daytime hours. For after-hours inquiries, please call 1-800-592-1861. Our team will provide guidance and necessary instructions to ensure proper handling and processing of your specimen.

  2. Overnight Delivery Service: To expedite the transportation of your specimen, we recommend using an overnight delivery service. Choose a carrier that offers notification of receipt, allowing for easy tracking and prompt identification of undelivered packages.

  3. Packaging and Labeling: Adhere to the appropriate regulations for shipping infectious substances when packaging and labeling your specimen. It's important to note that regulations may vary depending on the carrier and method of shipment. For detailed information regarding your carrier's specific regulations, we encourage you to contact them directly.

  4. Addressing the Package: Please address your package as follows:

    South Dakota State Health Laboratory Attention: Bacteriology 615 E. 4th Street Pierre, SD 57501.

    How to address your package

By ensuring the accurate and complete addressing of your package, we can swiftly identify and process your specimen upon receipt.