Whistleblower Protection Legislation Moves Forward - Following Investigations Into Troubled COVID Testing LabThe "Whistleblower Protection Act" unanimously passed out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary Tuesday, and now moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee. It is one of two pieces of legislation that were introduced by State Senator Scott Wilk in response to CBS13’s year-long investigation into the state’s troubled COVID-19 testing lab.
California Department of Public Health Terminates $1.7B COVID Testing Lab Contract
CBS13 COVID Lab Investigation Prompts New Legislation to Protect Whistleblowers & TaxpayersState Senator Wilk introduced two new pieces of legislation in response to CBS13's year-long whistleblower investigation into public health failures at the state's troubled COVID-19 testing lab.
Troubled CA COVID Lab Returns Fewer Than 1 Out Of 5 Results Within Required 48hrs During Omicron SurgeCalifornia’s amended budget bill allocates $217 million to the state’s troubled PerkinElmer COVID testing lab, as the lab continues to fail to fulfill the mandates in its recently renewed $1.7 billion no-bid state contract.
Lab Experts Criticize State’s Response To Risk Of 'Serious Injury, Harm or Death' At CA COVID Testing LabLab experts are speaking out after CDPH allowed its billion-dollar COVID lab to continue operating for nearly a year while failing to correct deficiencies that posed “immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety” likely to cause “serious injury or harm, or death.”
State Inspections Confirm Whistleblower Allegations At Troubled California COVID LabThe long-overdue report of state inspections at California's troubled COVID testing lab is finally public. The findings confirm CBS13 whistleblower allegations and that the lab "pose(d) immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety."
Theranos Trial Reveals Details of Federal Investigation at Troubled CA COVID Lab, Newsom Admin. Renews No-Bid ContractRegulators refused to release investigations into flawed tests at the CA COVID lab ahead of its contract renewal. However, in an interesting twist, we're learning more about what they found, thanks to the Elizabeth Holmes Theranos trial.
What's California's Department of Public Health Hiding At The $1.7B COVID Testing Lab? Lawmakers Demand AnswersState Senate Republican Leader, Scott Wilk, is demanding answers from the Department of Public Health following an ongoing CBS13 investigation into shocking public health failures at the state's $1.7 billion COVID testing lab. The state said it would make it's investigation public by mid-March but now says "the investigation is ongoing" as problems continue and the lab contract is set to renew at the end of the month.
Parents Plan To Sue California Over School COVID Mandates: The Science Behind Their FightLocal parents are teaming up with a group from Southern California who successfully sued the state to reopen schools. They plan to sue the state again over school quarantine and mask mandates.
Delayed Investigation Report, Denied Interview Requests Amid School False Positives & Quarantines Linked to CA COVID LabAfter months of denied requests for information and interviews from public health officials, CBS13 turned to the Governor for answers. His response indicated he may not be aware of what's been going on inside the state's $1.7 billion COVID testing lab.
Getting Answers: Who Can Penalize You For Not Getting Vaccinated?A recent CBS News Poll found four in ten Americans say they either don’t want the COVID-19 vaccine or aren’t sure if they're going to get it. But can they be required to get vaccinated?
Are False Positives or Sensitive Tests Responsible For School COVID Spikes? CBS13 Investigates - Troubled State LabAt least one school district has paused COVID testing after students got false-positive results from the state's troubled COVID-19 testing lab. Another says their positivity rate increased 1000% after switching to the state lab which has a 60% higher positivity rate than CA overall. Administrators are now calling for a state-wide moratorium on asymptomatic PCR testing for student athletes.
Delayed School COVID Results, Canceled Games and Contamination Concerns - More Trouble For CA COVID LabParents are demanding answers now a month after the state was supposed to release its investigation into its troubled COVID testing lab.
CBS13 Investigates: Should School Athletes Use Rapid COVID Tests Instead of State Lab PCR Test?Delayed COVID tests from the state lab forced some schools to cancel their football games Friday. Other teams decided to get rapid tests before the game and got to play. Now, two of those teams are quarantined because, when the state's results finally came in on Sunday, a player who had a negative rapid test Friday got a positive result from the state lab.
Same COVID Test, Different Results: FDA Looking Into State Lab 'Test Result Concerns'Same COVID test, same measure of virus, several different results: Negative, Positive, Inconclusive. So, who is right? The FDA says it’s looking into “test result concerns” related to the PerkinElmer COVID test at the center of the state’s $1.7 billion dollar lab contract.