Sonoma County steps back from Curative virus testing that drew FDA concerns

12 January 2021

Sonoma County’s health department has ended a brief partnership with a coronavirus testing company that last week drew a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning over the risks of false negative results that have led other public entities to stop using the test.

County public health officials said Monday they walked away from a pilot community testing program with Southern California-based Curative, because the for-profit company’s screening strategy did not mesh well with local outreach efforts in communities here that have been hit hard by the virus.

“It was an experiment, and the experiment failed because their model is different than the way that we operate at testing sites in terms of trying to provide outreach and education,” D’Arcy Richardson, director of nursing in the county’s public health division, said during a media briefing.
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