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Colorado to stop using COVID-19 tests in residential facilities that FDA says produce false negatives

Colorado’s health department has stopped using COVID-19 tests developed by Curative at residential facilities such as nursing homes after warnings from federal officials about inaccurate results.

The tests are still used at community testing sites, but the state Department of Public Health and Environment advises that they should only be used to test people with symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

“The state does expect it will transition away from Curative testing at community testing sites, as well, in the coming weeks,” the health department said in a news release.

People who were tested for COVID-19 at sites with Curative tests on or after Jan. 13 with oral swabs and received negative results should get retested, according to the news release.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said earlier this month that the tests were producing false negative results for the disease COVID-19, which could affect people’s ability to receive treatment. It could also increase the risk of spreading the disease by hampering quarantine, isolation and contact tracing efforts, according to the agency.

The tests were used in almost 1,000 facilities, also including correctional facilities, homeless shelters and other congregate settings, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.

There were at least 715,619 Curative tests processed in Colorado since the state began using them, according to the health department.

“We have no evidence that Colorado experienced excess inaccurate results from Curative,” the agency said in the news release.

Los Angeles County officials last week announced they would stop using the Curative tests, and federal officials have said they’re seeking an alterative to Curative for testing of congressional staff on Capitol Hill.

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