COVID-19 test company blocked from operating in Washington
COVID-19 test company blocked from operating in Washington

COVID-19 test company blocked from operating in Washington

The Center for COVID Control has been blocked from operating in Washington following an investigation and lawsuit.

Editor’s note: The above video about the study by the Center for COVID Control was originally posted on January 13, 2022.

OLYMPIA, Wash. An Illinois-based COVID-19 test company has been blocked from operating in Washington after the Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit alleging violating the Consumer Protection Act for deliberately failing to deliver fast, valid and accurate test results .

The investigation into the Center for COVID Control’s operations began in January after the Washington Attorney General’s Office received several reports of possible fake COVID-19 test sites.

The Attorney General’s Office announced in late January that it was suing the King County Superior Court against the company for “providing invalid, false and delayed COVID-19 test results to Washingtonians, or sometimes not delivering any results at all.”

“The company’s illegal practices included storing tests in garbage bags for over a week instead of cooling them properly, and backdating sample collection dates so that obsolete samples would still be processed,” the lawsuit states.

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Washington’s attorney Bob Ferguson announced Thursday that his office was given a temporary injunction in the case. In the ruling, the court blocked the company from operating in Washington during the case.

“Calling this behavior a ‘scam’ is an understatement,” Ferguson said. “It was unethical, illegal and threatened the health of thousands of Washingtonians. Our investigation put an end to the Center for COVID Control Operations in Washington.”

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) said it was aware of at least 10 test sites operated by the Center for COVID Control. The DOH said the sites were not licensed by the state.

The test sites were in operation in several counties, including Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Pierce and Yakima counties

The company closed its test centers in Washington around January 13, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

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