This 30 Minute Special Report is the culmination of a 14-month investigation that prompted state and federal investigations, resulted in two new pieces of legislation, and was the subject of national media coverage that shined a spotlight on shocking public health failures that it appeared regulators tried to hide.
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.
(This report first aired on Dec 30, 2021)
As positivity rates continue to decrease following the 2022 Omicron variant surge, 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 appeared the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) tried to hide.
Both state and federal regulators concluded that the lab posed “immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety” “likely to cause serious injury or harm, or death,” but CDPH didn’t warn the public, or even pause testing, as problems continued for nearly a year.
Now, following this special report, lawmakers are taking action.
The Whistleblower Investigation
The Troubled Test
Theranos Trial Reveals Details of Federal Investigation at Troubled CA COVID Lab, No-Bid Contract Renewed
Lab Experts Criticize State’s Response To Risk Of ‘Serious Injury, Harm or Death’ At CA COVID Testing Lab