IMPROPER COOLING, INSUFFICIENT MATERIAL YIELD SOME DCH COVID-19 TESTS INCONCLUSIVE

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There are inconclusive tests from the DCH drive-thru COVID-19 screening.

Vice president of communications for the DCH Health System, Andy North, said some COVID-19 sputum and swab tests were inconclusive due to multiple factors including insufficient cooling during transport to Montgomery and lack of sufficient material to test. North said corrective measures have already been put into place to keep this from happening in the future.

On Monday afternoon during a news conference for the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Scott Harris confirmed 528 tests were spoiled or deemed insufficient for testing.

“When specimens are submitted to the lab they have to be collected and preserved and transported in a certain way so the specimen remains viable,” Harris said. “If the case of the Tuscaloosa specimens, the main problem had to do with refrigeration. Those specimens were not stored or transported in a refrigerated environment, and it just made it unsatisfactory for testing.”

The results would not have been valid if they’d run those samples, Harris said.

You can visit DCH’s Patient Portal system to see if your test was among those that was incomplete. Anyone with an incomplete test should get retested if possible.

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