August 26, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Ramping Up COVID-19 Testing Program

Montgomery County is ramping up its COVID-19 testing program and hopes to return to the number of tests it was performing before it lost one of its suppliers. Before the state issued a cease and desist letter to AdvaGenix of Rockville, Montgomery County was performing between 1,100 and 1,500 tests per day, according to County […]

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August 26, 2020 | Bryan Gallion

Excessive Heat Did Not Harm COVID-19 Test Specimens, AdvaGenix Study Finds

High temperatures in Montgomery County didn’t adversely affect saliva specimens collected for COVID-19 testing by the Rockville-based AdvaGenix, according to a study completed by the company. “Our preanalytical temperature stability study demonstrates that no saliva sample was compromised by excessive heat,” said Dr. William G. Kearns — AdvaGenix’s CEO, chief scientific officer and director — […]

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August 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

AdvaGenix: State Health Department Incorrectly Said Permit Was Suspended

AdvaGenix, the Rockville lab that was supplying and processing COVID-19 tests for the county’s free sites, says the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) incorrectly said their laboratory permit was suspended.  On Friday the MDH ordered AdvaGenix to stop processing COVID-19 tests. The MDH said that federal and state investigators found “certain improper laboratory and COVID-19 […]

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August 19, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Will Resume COVID-19 Testing on Thursday

Montgomery County will resume offering COVID-19 testing beginning Thursday, although it will continue not to use AdvaGenix of Rockville as a supplier or to analysis test results. That company was issued a cease and desist directive and order by the Maryland Department of Health last week. On Aug. 20, the county will hold a walk-in […]

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August 18, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

After Procedure Concerns, County Ends Testing Contract With AdvaGenix

Montgomery County will no longer be using COVID-19 tests from AdvaGenix, the Rockville lab that was supplying and processing tests for the county’s free sites.  The county announced Tuesday that its contract with AdvaGenix was terminated after the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) ordered the lab to stop processing tests on Friday. The MDH said […]

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August 17, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Montgomery Ofrece Opciones de Pruebas de Covid-19 tras Cierres en el Condado

El Departamento de Salud de Maryland emitió una directiva y orden de cese y desistimiento, la semana pasada, a AdvaGenix, con sede en Rockville, el mayor proveedor actual de pruebas de COVID-19 y análisis de laboratorio, operados por el gobierno del condado. Este lunes, los líderes del condado dicen que continuarán buscando nuevas opciones para […]

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August 17, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Pursuing, Offering Other Testing Options After Issuing AdvaGenix Cease and Desist Order

The Maryland Department of Health issued a cease and desist directive and order last week to Rockville-based AdvaGenix, the largest current supplier of COVID-19 tests and lab analysis for county government operated test sites. Today, county leaders say they will continue to pursue new testing options. On Friday, testing at all county-sponsored clinics was temporarily suspended until further notice […]

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August 14, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

COVID-19 Testing at All County-Sponsored Clinics Canceled Until Further Notice

COVID-19 testing at all county-sponsored clinics has been canceled until further notice, according to the Montgomery County government website. This announcement comes about 24-hours after the county temporarily shut down two COVID-19 testing sites due to concerns from the Maryland Department of Health regarding Rockville-based AdvaGenix’s testing and lab process. “We will resume testing as soon as possible…if […]

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August 13, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

COVID-19 Testing Temporarily Halted at Two Sites

UPDATE: County Health Officer Dr.Travis Gayles recommends that residents who tested postive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks at any county government-sponsored clinic that used AdvaGenix test kids should be retested at one of the other testing locations throughout the county. ________________________________________________ After receiving notice from the Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday that […]

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May 26, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Montgomery Recibirá Semanalmente al menos 7,500 pruebas de COVID-19

Un laboratorio en Rockville se asoció con el condado de Montgomery para ampliar su capacidad y lograr hacer miles pruebas de COVID-19 semanalmente, así lo anunció el condado en un comunicado. El 8 de junio, el condado planea comenzar a recibir 20,000 pruebas cada semana. El condado de Montgomery tiene un contrato con el laboratorio […]

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