COVID-19 tests stored in trash bags. Photo from the Attorney General’s Office.

COVID-19 tests stored in trash bags. Photo from the Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General files lawsuit against COVID testing company

Center for COVID Control operated testing sites in King County.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Center for COVID Control for providing invalid, false and delayed COVID-19 test results, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Center for COVID Control operated at least a dozen testing sites in Washington including in Auburn, Seattle and Tacoma. A Center for COVID Control testing site in Auburn was shut down on Jan. 13 after Auburn code enforcement discovered the business did not have a valid business license.

The company’s alleged unlawful acts included storing tests in garbage bags for over a week rather than properly refrigerating them, among others, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Ferguson’s lawsuit claims that the company violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by intentionally failing to provide patients with accurate and valid COVID-19 test results.

“Defendants threatened the health and safety of the people of Washington and engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Protection Act, RCW 19.86, while operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout Washington without municipal business licenses to do so,” the lawsuit said.

The company contributed to the spread of COVID-19 by providing faulty tests, Ferguson said.

Center for COVID Control has billed the federal government $124 million for tests for uninsured patients. However, in many cases employees were instructed to mark patients as uninsured even if they were insured, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Several patients and employees made complaints about Center for COVID Control to the Attorney General’s Office concerning the company’s practices.

Ferguson’s lawsuit asks the courts to make Center for COVID Control pay up to $12,500 per violation of the Consumer Protection.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Courtesy Photo, Kent School District
No school in Kent on Thursday, Dec. 1 | Update

Snow, freezing temperatures leads to closure due to unsafe roads in parts of Kent School District

Stock photo, Metro Creative Graphics
Kent apartment rents up 5.2% compared to November 2021

Price drops 0.3% from October 2022 as rates remain flat

t
Fundraiser started for family of Kent man fatally shot at Southcenter

Chris and Mary Wesolowicz reportedly interrupted a vehicle prowl and suspect opened fire

t
Slippery, snowy road leads to Kent crash involving State Patrol SUV

Nobody hurt in collisions along SR 516; trooper had stopped for earlier crash

t
Kent schools to release students one hour earlier due to snow

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Buses will drop off students at snow route stops; after school events canceled

Stock Photo, Metro Creative Graphics
Kent opens Severe Weather Shelter; warming centers available

Shelter downtown at Holy Spirit Church; warming centers at several locations

t
Pedestrian dies in Kent hit-and-run along SR 516 near I-5

State Patrol seeks witnesses to incident that kills 37-year-old SeaTac man

COURTESY FILE PHOTO, City of Kent
Inch of snow could hit Kent on Tuesday, Nov. 29

Rain to return Wednesday morning

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Crime, climate, abortion on docket in legislative session warm-up

Washington lawmakers will hold 39 hearings this week. Nearly all will be conducted in person, which hasn’t happened in three years.

Most Read