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County orders Cardiff coronavirus drive-thru testing site to close

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:39:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County ordered a North County coronavirus drive-thru testing location to close Wednesday.

The testing site located at MiraCosta College's San Elijo campus in Cardiff was run by Covid Clinic.

In a statement from Kristen Huyck, director of public & governmental relations at MiraCosta College, a letter from County Director of Public Health Services Wilma Wooten instructed the testing location to cease operations.

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"This afternoon, after being contacted by San Diego County Public Health to cease the COVID Clinic operations, MiraCosta College took swift action. Within minutes of receiving a letter from Dr. Wooten, Director of Public Health Services County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, summarizing the unresolved communication with the county, MiraCosta College notified the organization that they must cease testing as soon as possible; no later than the end of business today, April 15," Huyck wrote.

According to the letter, Covid Clinic had failed to "provide proof that it has the necessary credentials and certifications required by State law in order to conduct the tests."

The county also said the organization failed to comply with requirements that test results be submitted to the county public health officer.

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"Based on COVID Clinic's failure to provide proof that it is complying with State law despite numerous requests from the County, and after consultation with the California Department of Public Health, we have concerns that COVID Clinic's testing process is not complying with State law and therefore may not be producing reliable and verifiable results," the letter stated.

The testing site had been providing COVID-19 antibody and nasopharyngeal tests, for $75 and $125, respectively.

During the county's daily coronavirus press conference, Dr. Eric McDonald, the county's medical director of epidemiology, said the county is still working with the clinic to get information on their testing.

Once the clinic is cleared, they can reopen, McDonald said.

"We worked with the individuals who run this clinic and asked them to provide some information to us about their CLIA certificate ... the name of their laboratory director and the laboratory information they say they have ... we have yet to get that information," McDonald said.