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Feds tell Nevada to rescind ban on nursing home COVID tests

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 18:14:20-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal health officials are telling Nevada to rescind a statewide directive issued several days ago telling nursing homes to stop using rapid "point of care" coronavirus tests due to the likelihood of false positive results.

The head of COVID-19 diagnostic testing at the federal Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that Nevada can't legally impose the ban it ordered Oct. 2.

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He acknowledged there's "no perfect test" for the virus and said identifying 40% of true positives can save lives in nursing homes.

Nevada's COVID-19 chief said the state is reviewing a letter from the federal government and intends to respond.