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Oregon health officials never received results from COVID-19 testing company now under investigation

Oregon health officials never received results from COVID-19 testing company now under investigation

The controversial COVID-19 testing company now under investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice has failed to submit results to state health officials for at least three months, WW has learned.

On Tuesday, WW First reported that the DOJ had launched an investigation into the COVID-19 company called Center for Covid Control, which operated three test sites in the Portland area. The complaints were filed in October, but it wasn’t until earlier this week that the DOJ began its investigation.

The Oregon Health Authority tells: WW it has not received test results from the company or lab it claimed to be partnering with for processing tests, Doctors Clinical Laboratory. Test sites, which must be federally certified, are required to report test results to local health authorities.

The company is now under scrutiny in nearly 10 states, where allegations of incorrect site testing practices, failure to report test results to local health authorities and questions about test accuracy have spread.

On Tuesday, a call center representative for the company said all three Portland locations were closed, but declined to say why. In a statement, an unnamed spokesperson denied the allegations: “Let me be very clear: we absolutely do not conduct fake tests. Our employees and the employees of our independent operators risk their lives every day to test patients.”

On Thursday afternoon, the company posted a statement on its website that it would close all locations for a week from Friday, January 14.

It blames the closure on staff shortages and high demand.

“This unusually high demand from patients has put a strain on human resources in some of our locations, as has been widely reported, impacting our customary customer service standards and diagnostic goals,” the statement said. “CCC recognizes these operational pressures on customer access and results/status delivery in some locations and remains committed to providing accurate, reliable testing to our thousands of customers.”

The statement also blamed the high demand for tests for delayed reporting of results.

WW visited all three sites today, which were closed.

Two of them, one near Johnson Creek in Southeast Portland and another in Tigard, are small sheds in parking lots. In the Tigard shed were handwritten signs, nasal swabs, pens, rubber gloves, plastic bins, a red petrol container, and a floor lamp. A sign that reads: “COVID TESTING TEMPORARILY CLOSED” in black Sharpie. In faint paint someone had written, “FAKE TEST SITE.”


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