Inspectors call for improvements at University of Maryland lab using South Korean coronavirus tests

A University of Maryland lab had several problems with how it was processing coronavirus tests bought from South Korea with millions in state funds earlier this year, according to a report from federal and state inspectors.



Larry Hogan et al. standing in front of a brick building: Gov. Larry Hogan, shown with his Korean-born wife, Yumi Hogan, announced in April that Maryland was getting hundreds of thousands of coronavirus testing kits from South Korea, enabling the state to ramp up its testing.


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Gov. Larry Hogan, shown with his Korean-born wife, Yumi Hogan, announced in April that Maryland was getting hundreds of thousands of coronavirus testing kits from South Korea, enabling the state to ramp up its testing.

The inspection by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality stemmed from complaints from nursing homes about a spate of false positive results in September.

The report, obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a public records request, did not blame or clear the lab or the tests for those results. Instead it pointed to instances where the lab could have compromised specimens by not following

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