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Maryland Department of Health suspends lab’s license to perform coronavirus tests, says recent results may be incorrect

The Maryland Department of Health has suspended a Greenbelt lab’s license to perform coronavirus tests, warning people that their recent results may be incorrect.

Secretary Robert R. Neall issued an order Saturday for Advanced Pain Medicine Institute (APMI) to stop its collection and processing of COVID-19 tests after receiving a complaint about testing sites operating with the lab.

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According to a news release, an investigation revealed concerns, including the lab’s lack of certification to perform coronavirus tests and patients’ inability to obtain test results.

APMI did not return a request for comment Sunday.

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In recent days, APMI has conducted tests at Church of Philippi in Hanover, as well Southern Baptist Church and Bilingual Christian Church in East Baltimore, according to the release. Patients who have received tests at these locations are urged to get another test, and if symptomatic, seek medical attention.

Neall’s order requires APMI to inform every individual who received a test that their results may be false, as well as provide the MDH with an account of every person who was administered a test. The MDH is working with local health departments in Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City to make sure individuals are informed about possible inaccuracies with their results.

“The Maryland Department of Health’s primary concern is the health and safety of Marylanders,” Neall said. “Until Advanced Pain Medicine Institute demonstrates that it is in full compliance with the Code of Maryland Regulations, it must cease all COVID-19 specimen collection and processing.”

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