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Health breach forces closure of COVID testing sites in Denver

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DENVER (KDVR) – Nearly a dozen COVID testing sites run by two different companies have been closed by the office of Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser until certain requirements are met.

Problem solvers have reviewed at least one of these locations and asked the AG office for an answer on Saturday.

According to the attorney general, two different shutdown and unsubscribe letters were sent to COVID testing companies for different public health violations.

Weiser said: “It was horrifying. “I have heard reports of people showing up at various testing facilities and have the clear impression that the people doing it are not experts.”

One company is the Centers for COVID Control, which has three locations mentioned across Colorado.

Websites run by the Centers for COVID Control allegedly misrepresented the certification and approval of each of their testing sites.

“When you are tested for COVID, you can and should expect that the professionals testing you are using appropriate PPE,” says Weiser. “In the worst case scenario, you can imagine someone showing up to take the test to get tested and actually get COVID because the people taking the test don’t protect themselves.”

The Centers for COVID Control sent FOX31 a statement: “We acknowledge the desire to step back for a short while, assess the company’s operations, address operational inequities, and get back to mission. Its mission is to provide accurate, timely, and affordable covid-19 testing by January 23, 2022.”

The second company mentioned is Macagain, which has eight locations across the state.

Websites operated by Macagain are violating a public health order that requires organizations that perform COVID testing to report test result information to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

“We take test reporting very seriously. As people understand, we are making judgments based on test results. and when someone says they’re going to take the test. Weiser said. “This test site and set of sites didn’t do it. It is a threat to public health, going against what the regulations require. And that’s part of the reason why we had to shut them down.”

Khalid Ansari to Macagain said it was true that they didn’t report, but not because of a lack of effort.

“The volume was too large and we tried to load it but failed,” Ansari said. “We just don’t have enough people to go and sit and enter one profile at a time. You know, it’s just impossible that we don’t have this kind of power. ”

Ansari said across eight sites in Colorado it has taken more than 30,000 tests since November and is overwhelmed but ready to hand over data, however, it feels the shutdown of its sites. do more harm than good.

“People actually come to us because they want to get back to work. So that’s like a detriment to the community, but, like, where else are they going? CVS does not accept them. Walgreens does not. I mean where are they going? ‘ Ansari said.

The Colorado attorney general said both companies are shutting down unless they can provide the appropriate certifications and requirements and comply with reporting requirements by January 21.

“For any entity out there that won’t follow the book [and] will be bait for everyone [and] Weiser said.

If you’ve recently been tested at one of these sites, Weiser says, the best thing to do – for peace of mind – is to check again.

https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/covid-testing-sites-forced-to-shut-down/ Health breach forces closure of COVID testing sites in Denver

Tom Vazquez

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