The Nevada Independent
Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office on Wednesday criticized the actions of a politically connected COVID testing contractor that expanded in Nevada without proper licensing and yielded widely inaccurate test results, calling the company’s actions “despicable” and “fraudulent.”
The comments come in light of a ProPublica story co-published Monday with The Nevada Independent. Sisolak’s administration is under fire for its actions in approving Northshore Clinical Labs to conduct testing last year, but his office argued that it opened an investigation and took action to suspend the company’s PCR testing and correct deficiencies the first day it was made aware of the issues.
“The company’s negligence is despicable,” a spokesperson for the governor’s office said in a statement, adding that the state is assessing its legal options. “They took advantage of states and local municipalities at a time when millions of Americans were relying on their services.”
Meanwhile, Washoe County School District spokesperson Victoria Campbell said the district is “troubled” and surprised by many of the findings in the ProPublica investigation, saying many of the details revealed were new to them. Like many of the public agencies that worked with Northshore and were contacted by The Indy following the publication of the story, the school district indicated that it had trusted other government agencies to vet the company.
“The school district does not employ epidemiologists and relied on its partnerships with the local health district and the state for this sort of guidance,” Campbell said. “The school district was informed by the Washoe County Health District that Northshore was a viable contractor, and the state Department of Health and Human Services was also aware of this contractor and our intent to use their services.”
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