PEKIN (Heart of Illinois ABC) – The Illinois Department of Public Health will not renew its multi-million dollar contract with Pekin-based Reditus Laboratories, as the company’s CEO Dr. Aaron Rossi faces federal tax evasion and a civil lawsuit.
At the same time, Reditus issued a press release saying all of the state’s community-based test sites, including one at the Interstate Center on the west side of Bloomington, will close permanently on March 31st.
IDPH spokesman Mike Claffey issued a statement late Wednesday.
“IDPH is aware of the recent lawsuits concerning Mr. Rossi. The department is not aware of any allegations related to the services Reditus Laboratories has provided to IDPH during the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of these services have now been entered into and the remaining contract with Reditus expires in the coming months and will not be renewed. “
Claffey declined to comment on what Reditus says is the permanent closure of all test sites. Reditus has operated the test site on the west side of Bloomington since May 2020, and the company says it has conducted about 200,000 tests at the site.
Reditus did not mention in its press release that IDPH did not renew the contract.
Here is the Reditus news release:
“All community-based COVID-19 test sites in the state of Illinois, which includes the Bloomington site, will close permanently with effect from March 31, 2022.
This decision comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). It includes the site operated by Reditus Laboratories, at the Interstate Center, said Reditus Laboratories CEO Dr. Aaron Rossi on Wednesday. This site, 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington, has been operated by Reditus since May 2020.
Reditus will continue to offer drive-up COVID-19 testing at its headquarters at 200 Enterprise Drive, Pekin, Illinois. This service is available to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reditus will keep the public informed if there are other changes in the drive-up test.
When IDPH decided in February to reduce community-based test sites to three days a week, it cited declining demand and the availability of home COVID-19 tests.
Until March 31, classes at the Interstate Center test site will remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. During the site’s busiest time, in the fall of 2020, nearly 1,300 people were tested there daily. Reditus has performed about 200,000 tests at the site since May 2020.
Reditus would like to express its gratitude to the IDPH, the State of Illinois and all the citizens it served during this pandemic. “
The Illinois Comptroller’s website said Reditus has been paid about $ 245 million from COVID test contracts with IDPH and the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The Interstate Center test site, operated by Reditus, will remain open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until March 31 from 7 p.m. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reditus said it will continue to offer drive-up testing Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pekin Headquarters at 200 Enterprise Drive.
A spokesman for the McLean County Health Department said COVID-19 testing, not processed by Reditus, will continue for the time being every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. 9.30 to 12.15.
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