Nearly 300 faulty COVID-19 testing kits were sent by the New York State Department of Health to Livingston County last week – among an estimated 1,600 sent to 12 counties, the New York Post reported Monday evening.
The kits would have been used to test residents and staff of the three nursing homes in Livingston County, Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez told The County News Monday night.
Rodriguez said the faulty tests didn’t hamper testing efforts at the county’s three nursing facilities – the county-owned Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mount Morris, the Avon Nursing Home and the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia, the latter two of which are owned by Hurlbut Care Communities.
“We were able to use other ones we have,” she said.
Rodriguez said the faulty tests were delivered May 7. The state Health Department sent replacement tests Monday.
The New York Post was the first to report on the shoddy tests. To read its coverage, click here.
Livingston County Administrator Ian Coyle told The Post the viral medium in some of the tests the county received leaked out of the secured tube, “so there wasn’t enough medium to do swabbing.”
Continued Coyle: “It also leaked in the bag so the gauze and swab were compromised.”
Of the 650 tests Livingston County received, 291 were unusable, The Post reported.
Officials in Steuben, Dutchess, Rennselaer and St. Lawrence counties dealt with similarly shoddy tests kits, according to The Post.
“It’s frustrating especially because securing test kits is so hard, then you get these that are damaged,” Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler told the newspaper.