SNHD looks into possible ‘performance issues’ of CDC-developed coronavirus testing kit

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Southern Nevada Health District is looking into possible ‘performance issues’ with its CDC-developed coronavirus testing kit. According to the health district, the CDC alerted laboratories about one testing kit component that may need to be replaced due to these issues.

SNHD’s public health laboratory is currently completing a verification process for the kit to determine whether this will be the case. The CDC has sent replacement components to the district.

The health district noted the process must be completed before they are able to test specimens.

The kits are designed to allow the district to receive results in a more timely manner.

SNHD says only patients who meet the CDC criteria and have been assessed by a medical provider and the Health District will be tested. 

SNHD’s Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance is monitoring a number of Clark County residents returning from mainland China. Consistent with CDC guidelines, the residents did not have symptoms after receiving a medical screening, and were allowed to return home and be monitored under a 14-day self-quarantine.

Moving forward, the health district says if additional Clark County residents do meet the CDC criteria of a person under investigation for the 2019 novel coronavirus and require testing, the district will only announce confirmed cases of the virus.

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