The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management is cutting all ties with Quest Diagnostics after Quest’s failure to report nearly 75,000 COVID-19 results dating back to April.
State officials said in a press release that Quest notified all individuals that tested positive of their results and that this batch of test results is a data issue and does not impact the health of individuals or the spread of COVID-19 in Florida.
“The law requires all COVID-19 results to be reported to DOH in a timely manner,” Governor DeSantis said. “To drop this much unusable and stale data is irresponsible. I believe that Quest has abdicated their ability to perform a testing function in Florida that the people can be confident in. As such I am directing all executive agencies to sever their COVID-19 testing relationships with Quest effective immediately.”
“Monday night, August 31, the Governor’s office was informed that nearly 75,000 tests, dating as far back as April, were to be entered into the DOH COVID-19 monitoring system. While the data, for the most part were over 2 weeks old – with some being almost 5 months old – the state incorporated information that would be useful and included the rest in the interest of transparency.
Without the backlog of Quest results, the positivity rate for new cases on August 31, 2020 is 5.9%.”