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Feds tell Nevada to rescind ban on nursing home COVID tests

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.


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.