California’s Recently Opened Coronavirus Testing Lab Has 'Significant Deficiencies'

California’s Recently Opened Coronavirus Testing Lab Has 'Significant Deficiencies'


Inspectors found “significant deficiencies” at California’s new coronavirus testing laboratory, difficulties that state officials partly blamed Monday on the speedy acceleration they required from the lab’s private operator under terms of a $1.4 billion contract.

“A fraction of 1% of the more than 1.5 million tests processed at the Valencia Branch Laboratory had problems,” the state said in a report. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said, “one incorrect test result is one too many.”

The lab that opened in October north of Los Angeles and is worth $25 million could not test around 250 samples due to lab errors, the state said, which constitutes a 0.017 percent error rate. It issued corrected reports for about 60 (0.0039%) samples.

“California takes these findings seriously” and continues working with the contractor “to ensure Californians have the accurate, timely, high-quality test results,” Ghaly said in a statement.

Massachusetts-based diagnostics company PerkinElmer,

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