As the omicron variant spreads – even among the vaccinated – and there’s a renewed focus on the need for accurate and timely COVID testing, we’re taking a look back at the lessons learned from our year-long investigation into the state’s troubled COVID testing lab.

Over the past year, this investigation gave a voice to brave whistleblowers who risked their careers in the interest of public health, and it shined a spotlight on shocking public health failures, which it appears the California Department of Public Health tried to hide.

CBS Sacramento has conducted dozens of interviews with whistleblowers and lab experts, submitted hundreds of public records requests, and reviewed thousands of pages of internal lab documents.

Still, public health officials tried to discredit the reporting, and whistleblower complaints, even after their own inspectors confirmed the findings and concluded that the lab posed “immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety” “likely to cause serious injury or harm, or death”.

The state didn’t warn the public, or even pause testing, as problems continued for nearly a year.


This 30 Minute Special Report is the culmination of a 14-month investigation. Each of the original daily newscast reports is linked below.  For ease of navigation, we’ve also added video-chapter links to this version of the special report, THE COVID LAB: State Secrets Exposed.

    • 0:00 Prologue
    • 02:16 Introduction
    • 03:22 CHAPTER 1 A Billion-Dollar Promise
    • 07:06 CHAPTER 2: False Positives
    • 12:54 CHAPTER 3: The Whistleblowers
    • 18:55 CHAPTER 4: Fixing A Flawed Test
    • 24:01 CHAPTER 5: State Secrets Revealed

FOLLOW OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE:

CBS13 INVESTIGATES “THE COVID LAB”


The Whistleblower Investigation

Asleep At the Lab: Whistleblower Allegations From Inside CA’s Billion-Dollar COVID Lab

 

CA’s Billion-Dollar COVID Testing Lab Under Investigation Following CBS13 Whistleblower Report

 

Questionable COVID Results – More Concerning Whistleblower Allegations From State COVID Lab

 

PerkinElmer Sues Whistleblower After Allegations About Troubled CA COVID Testing Lab

 

Regulators Find ‘Significant Deficiencies’ At CA COVID Testing Lab – Whistleblowers Respond

 

The Troubled Test

State COVID Test Not FDA Authorized

 

 

Same COVID Test, Different Results: FDA Looking Into State Lab ‘Test Result Concerns’

 

CBS13 Investigates: Should Rapid Test Be Used To Test School Athletes?

 

Delayed School COVID Results, Canceled Games and Contamination Concerns 

 

Are False Positives or Sensitive Tests Responsible For School COVID Spikes? 

 

Continued Accountability

Continued Accountability: Delayed Investigation Report, Denied Interview Requests 

 

Lawmakers Demand Answers –What’s CDPH Hiding At The $1.7B COVID Testing Lab? 

 

Theranos Trial Reveals Details of Federal Investigation at Troubled CA COVID Lab, No-Bid Contract Renewed

 

State Inspections Confirm Whistleblower Allegations At Troubled California COVID Lab

 

Lab Experts Criticize State’s Response To Risk Of ‘Serious Injury, Harm or Death’ At CA COVID Testing Lab

 

Julie Watts