Communitywide COVID testing website strikes snag, looks for to redesign 300 examinations

Within a day of opening a communitywide COVID-19 testing site this week at the Citadel Mall, state and local health authorities are warning that some tests might have been spoiled due to inconsistent temperature control.

In a release, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center said an Aug. 12 inspection of the testing site by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) was triggered by an alert from El Paso County Public Health of possible temperature control inconsistencies of testing samples.

“The state provided guidance on a series of quick corrections to ensure effective operating procedures,” the release said. The site is being run by contractor Mako Medical, which has made corrections, after which authorities have “full confidence in the site procedures going forward.”

Mako Medical collected more than 300 samples on the initial day of operations, Aug. 11.…

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