Nevada Revokes Halt on Fast Antigen Testing in Nursing Properties

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Nevada Revokes Halt on Rapid Antigen Testing in Nursing Homes

A week later, however, Admiral Giroir cracked down on Nevada's “illegal” ban on BD and Quidel testing, which had put residents and nursing home workers across the state at risk. "You cannot replace the PREP law," he said.

Admiral Giroir said the false positives were not only expected, but "actually an outstanding result". No test is perfect, he said.

In the Nevada Declaration, Dr. Azzam expressed concern about the number of false positives that have occurred. "If this lab data discrepancy had been reported to Dr. Giroir, we would hope that he would have taken the same action as Nevada," he said. "We also want more rapid turnaround tests in Nevada, but the results of these tests must be accurate as they impact clinical care."

Government care facilities may resume use of BD and Quidel products under a new Nevada policy dated October 9th. However, the Nevada Department of Health also recommended that any positive or negative antigen test results be confirmed by a laboratory test that relies on a slow but very accurate and reliable technique called the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, according to official sources, there is a risk of that false negatives expose healthy people in nursing homes to someone who is unknowingly contagious. False positives, on the other hand, can lead to a person who is well placed in a unit with sick people being accommodated, which also increases the risk of infection.

"Both scenarios could harm a population that we have worked so hard together to protect," says the directive. State health authorities would continue to investigate the use of BD and Quidel products.

"We need to better understand the problem before promoting the mass use of such tools among our most vulnerable citizens," said Dr. Azzam. "We're not saying the tests are of no use, we're just saying pause for further reviews and additional training."

In a statement, Admiral Giroir said he and his colleagues were "pleased" with Nevada's reversal. "This serves as a valuable public policy discussion that benefits the public interest by preventing unilateral bans or similar action in other states or jurisdictions," he said.

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