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

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Anna Bonnington self-administers a COVID test at a Curative coronavirus test site in Sonoma on Monday, January 11, 2021. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

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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Community testing abruptly halted in Sonoma

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Sonoma Valley Community Health Center announced on July 15 that its test supplier had suspended shipments and that the three-day-a-week drive-through community testing previously available in Sonoma has been canceled, effective immediately.

SVCHC was informed by Quest that shipments might resume in time to re-start testing on July 25. Further information will be available on the health center’s Facebook page.

SVCHC had previously announced that the community testing would end in Sonoma on July 31.

Alternative testing sites are available through OptumServe in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, and through Verily Lab in Napa at the Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa.

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