Welcome to the
PerkinElmer COVID-19
Testing Program,
in partnership with the Health and Human
Services Department and Color Health

Program Overview

We’re excited to help you set up your testing program to keep your community safe. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you emails to begin onboarding. Here’s an overview of how you’ll run your program:

Onboarding & Site Setup

These pages detail the steps and decisions necessary to complete onboarding and set up your testing sites.


Identify your testing team

It takes a team to run an effective testing program, and we recommend selecting people from across your organization for the roles below.

Program Director
Site Lead
Testing Administrator

Program Director

They’ll identify collection sites and the site lead for each collection site.

Color Access

  • Staff management “site manager”, to edit team member access to sample collection
  • Results dashboards for all sites
  • Access management, to edit team member access to dashboards

Site Lead

Responsible for all testing at a collection site. They identify testing administrators, distribute testing supplies, and prepare samples for shipment to the lab.

Color Access

  • Staff management “site manager” role, to edit team member access to sample collection
  • Results dashboard for their site
  • Access management, to edit team member access to the site dashboard

Testing Administrator

Testing administrators set up testing stations and oversee sample collection. They’ll use Color to record which participants provide samples. At least one testing administrator should be selected for each testing station.

Color Access

  • Staff management “site staff” role


Participants are the individuals who register and provide samples for testing. For participants under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must register and provide consent on their behalf.

Sign up for Color accounts

All staff must create Color accounts. Here’s how it works:


Program Director creates account


Program Director selects Site Leads


Site Leads create accounts


Site Leads select Testing Administrators


Testing Administrators create accounts

How to create a Color account
How to use the staff management tool

Managing your staff

You can provide, edit, and remove permissions for testing team members to use Color by logging into your account. District directors and school leads should be given “site manager” roles and testing administrators should be given “site staff” roles.

If you need a Color account, please contact your organization lead. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, check your spam folder.

Individual Test Kits

  1. Swab
  2. Tube 
  3. Barcode card
  4. Small sample biohazard bag

Return shipping boxes

  • Large biohazard bag
  • UN 3373 sticker
  • Paper manifest
  • Backup paper intake forms
  • UPS shipping label

(holds 100 kits)

Weight when packed:
100 test kit box = ~6 lbs

How participants register and receive results

We encourage you to advise participants to register before their first testing day, so their profiles are saved and automatically populate as ready for check-in each testing day.

Collecting & Shipping Samples

Store unused test kits

Please store collected kits in a covered bin in a secure, shaded area without direct exposure to the sun or heat. The ideal storage temperature is room temperature (72-76 degrees Fahrenheit). Packaged kits may be deposited in outdoor drop boxes in cold outdoor temperatures.

Please note: Kits may not be transferred to a different site or used for any purpose other than for sample collection. For safety reasons and to ensure specimen samples are not contaminated or damaged and results are accurate, unused kits may not be returned once they are delivered to a collection site. Unused collection kits must be destroyed when the testing program ends. There are specific expiration dates listed on components of the kits. Please destroy any unused, expired kits by placing them in the regular trash.


All Color molecular tests are Rx only and therefore are physician ordered.
All tests results are released to the ordering physician as part of the reporting workflow.