Laboratory CEO says coronavirus tests are reliable despite AdventHealth canceling contract

AdventHealth severs ties with MicroGen Diagnostics

The CEO of MicroGen Diagnostics, a diagnostic lab that processed tens of thousands of coronavirus tests, insists his company’s procedures are reliable despite AdventHealth recently canceling its contract with the company because they say those tests could be unreliable.

Chris Kibodeaux says he was originally tested for Coronavirus in April at AdventHealth’s drive-up COVID-19 testing site at the Mall at Millenia.

That test came back negative, but when his symptoms returned he went to be tested again in early May.

“It feels like someone just tightening a belt around your chest and you just can’t breathe,” Kibodeaux said of the difficulty breathing he is experiencing. “I’m constantly using my inhalers and my nasal solutions that were prescribed and it’s still not helping,” he said.

AdventHealth notified Kibodeaux Monday morning there was an issue with his last test and he would need to be tested yet again, he said.

It comes just after AdventHealth announced this weekend it has terminated its contract with an outside laboratory because it does not have confidence in the reliability of the tests.

The issue impacts more than 25,000 people in Central Florida, according to AdventHealth.

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