Company with Tucson COVID test site to suspend operations

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A national COVID testing company has announced it will suspend operations at all testing sites starting Friday, January 14.

The Center for COVID Control has issued a press release on its website saying it will use this time to provide additional training to staff and ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines.

According to his website, the company has five locations in Arizona, including one in Tucson, off Speedway Blvd.

This Tucson location had a steady stream of customers Thursday night.

The company announces free rapid COVID tests that detect the Omicron variant with results by the end of the day.

In the Press release, the company said it would pause all operations and respond to requests from several public health and regulatory agencies.

The statement said that “patient samples collected today, as well as other patients awaiting results, will be carefully processed today and tomorrow and the results will be provided in a timely manner.”

It comes after KOLD’s sister station in Bryan, TX reported that the Brazos County Department of Health claimed the company had not shared test results requested by that state’s governor.

“We contacted their corporate line and it was a very long process to actually be able to speak to a human and we never had a clear definition of why they decided not to report the cases to us,” Mary Parrish said with the Brazos County Health Department.

Parrish said the information is critical to understanding how COVID is moving in the community, and again, testing facilities need to share this data. It’s news that prompted state officials to start looking at contextual test sites.

“We have contacted TDEM {Texas Emergency Management Division}, the governor’s office and the office of the GA and the GA have responded and they are ready to help them investigate the matter,” said the representative of the State of Texas, Kyle Kacal.

At this time, there is no indication that the Tucson location has broken the rules.

The company announced its intention to reopen its sites on Saturday, January 22.

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