COVID 19 testing sites ordered to cease after CDPHE investigation

The Center for COVID Control has been ordered to cease all testing operations in the state for failing to be properly certified by the federal government, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced Saturday.

The AG’s office and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment determined that the Center for COVID Control also failed to report testing results and cases to the CDPHE as required by state law, according to a news release. Testing locations operated by Macagain Corp. were also ordered to halt operations.

“A well-documented investigation by CDPHE concluded that the Center for COVID Control has failed to obtain all necessary licensing required to perform COVID-19 testing in Colorado,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said in the release. “Our consumer protection section also has received a significant number of complaints about safety conditions at their testing sites, including concerns about the appropriate use of personal protective equipment. By violating these licensing requirements and ignoring health and safety protocols, the Center for COVID Control is putting Coloradans at risk and we’re taking action to protect public health.”

The following locations were issued a cease and desist order:

Locations operated by Center for COVID Control

  •  6460 E. Yale Ave., Denver
  •  4775 S. Broadway, Englewood
  • 1750 Blake St., Denver

Locations operated by Macagain Corp.:

  • 1546 28th St., Boulder
  • 3250 W. 72nd St., Westminster
  • 155 Cook St., Denver
  • 620 Miller Court, Lakewood
  • 1700 S. College Ave., Fort Collins
  • 6830 S. Yosemite Court, Centennial
  • 3629 Betty Drive, Colorado Springs
  • 2910 Wood Ave., Colorado Springs

Investigators with the CDPHE found evidence that the company’s testing sites in the state are not lawfully certified under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments program, the release said. A CLIA certification is required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for all non-research, non-forensic laboratory testing performed on people in the United States.

The Center for COVID Control has been ordered to stop operating each of its testing locations until it can demonstrate that the sites have all the necessary certifications and are following all legal requirements to operate in the state.

 

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