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CDC: Possible ‘performance issues’ with coronavirus testing kit

Posted: 10:28 PM, Feb 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-13 01:33:20-05
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The CDC has alerted laboratories that one component of the coronavirus testing kit may have performance issues and need to be replaced.

The Southern Nevada Health District confirmed this on Wednesday and said it is looking into the possible ‘performance issues. ’

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According to the health district, the CDC alerted laboratories about the component and is sending replacement parts for the kit that will address the issue.

SNHD’s public health laboratory completes a verification process for the kit before completing any specimen testing, according to the department.

Monday, a spokesperson for the health district said testing kits were received to test for novel coronavirus, and that they would allow for results in a more timely manner.

The department also noted that only patients who meet the CDC criteria and have been assessed by a medical provider and the health district will be tested.

If a Clark County resident meets the CDC criteria of a person under investigation for novel coronavirus and requires testing, the health district said it would announce confirmed cases of the virus.