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Florida cuts ties with Quest, slams coronavirus data as company blames glitch
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the state to cut ties with Quest Diagnostics over delayed coronavirus test data reporting that turned into a data dump as Quest Diagnostics blames a technical issue it says has already been resolved.
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"Due to a technical issue, our reporting of a subset of public health COVID-19 test data to the Florida Department of Health was delayed. This subset involves nearly 75,000 of the approximately 1.4 million COVID-19 tests we had performed and reported to the state," Quest Diagnostics said in a statement on Tuesday. "We apologize for this matter and regret the challenge it poses for public health authorities in Florida. The issue has since been resolved. Importantly, the issue did not affect or delay reporting of test results to providers and patients."
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The company has done more coronavirus testing for Floridians than any other laboratory and is still open to working with Florida's Department of Health, Quest Diagnostics' statement continued.