COVID testing location in Bonita Springs providing negative results before people are tested

LEE COUNTY

Finding a COVID-19 test in a short time can be difficult. WINK News met a mom and dad who, while searching for a test, stumbled upon a testing site at a Bonita Springs shopping center. They stopped, stood in line and signed up for a test, but got an email saying they were negative before taking it.

WINK News took a look at the test site and found that the company that runs the site is racking up complaints, not only in Southwest Florida, but almost everywhere.

Erin Kates is a positive wife, mom and COVID. She knows it now but didn’t know it when she stood in line for a test.

Erin, her husband Doug, and their three children looked for a test when they saw signs along US-41 in Bonita Springs.

“The moment you walked in there was kind of like almost like an, like an election. Free COVID tests. “

While in line, they were told to grab a doctor’s clinical lab card, scan the QR code, and enter their names, address, a photo of their driver’s license and all of their information. personal insurance.

“When we went to Centurylink, they didn’t need all of this information,” Erin Kates said.

But the Kates still filled the card.

As they lined up for a test, they received a notification that their results were ready. The results of a test they still had to take.

Erin Kates said, “We received an email from all five of us, us and our three children, telling us that our rapid test came back negative.”

The Kates said other people online received the same message.

Erin and Doug didn’t like it at all. “So I confronted the man. I asked him how it had happened?

The Kates then emailed WINK News about what happened.

Trying to call the Center for COVID Control, the organization that sent Erin and Doug the notification that their tests came back negative, the line said: “You are number 121.

The message on the phone indicated that the wait time was five minutes, then 6 minutes, then 8 minutes.

WINK News hung up after 40 minutes of waiting.

The next line of investigation was the map the Kates filled out.

Two websites were found while searching for Doctors Clinical Lab; one ending with ‘.net’, the other ending with ‘.com.’

WINK News called the ‘.net’ number first. A spokesperson for the Miami-based company said, “We are in no way associated with Doctorsclinicallab.com. We have no idea who they are.

An official looking website appeared with a particular message while searching for a number for the company “.com”.

There is no home page, no “Table of contents” tab; the first thing you see is a negative COVID-19 test with a time stamp regardless of the date and time you clicked the link.

WINK News tried the link six times, with the same negative test result each time.

The next day, the page displayed the message: “The patient you are trying to check has been tested. If you need a copy of the report. Call our lab.

The message was accompanied by a phone number that, when called, informed you that you were calling the Center for COVID Control.

The company’s website says it is based in Illinois and operates more than 275 sites in 29 states.

It offers rapid, free COVID-19 tests that detect omicron and claims it is highly effective, with results available by the end of the day. No appointment is necessary.

The Center for COVID Control says it is “in partnership with a lab approved and licensed by the CDC.”

It looks and sounds great, but is it legit?

WINK News took to the Bonita Springs test site and saw no social distancing and about 15-20 people in the lobby.

On one table were those same cards the Kates filled out and only one person across the facility, who said they started working there four hours earlier.

WINK News reporter Michael Hudak asked, “Don’t you know the name of the company you just worked for? “

Tyler Blackwell, who administers the tests, said: “All I can tell you is the man who should be able to answer all the questions should be back at all times.”

Blackwell looked around the room, then Hudak asked, “Are you a nurse? Like, you got scrubs. Are you like a registered nurse? “

Blackwell said, “I’m not.”

Blackwell said he bought the scrubs and anyone can find them at major retailers.

He said he had no medical training or expertise. He gives the swabs to people so they can dab their noses.

Erin Kates said, “It’s. It’s criminal. It’s infuriating. I hope he stops quickly.

The test site also had a tip jar that read “Tips for Tony.” Blackwell said Tony was a man, but WINK News learned Tony was a dog.

WINK News has contacted the Center for COVID Control but has not received a response at time of writing.

We also contacted the Florida Attorney General. She also did not respond, but her office has issued a consumer alert warning Floridians to take precautions to protect their personal information when seeking a COVID-19 test. You can learn more about this alert by clicking here.

California is investigating Center for COVID Control sites in their state, and the Illinois Department of Health has released a list of legitimate testing sites; The Center for COVID Control, which is based in Illinois, is not on their list.

If you’re looking for a place to get tested in Southwest Florida, you can do so by click here or visiting floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites.

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