Individuals obtain COVID-19 exams on the College of Utah in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday, Jan. 31. The Utah Division of Well being introduced Sunday that state-run COVID-19 testing websites will pause the usage of fast antigen exams beginning Monday after an evaluation of exams outcomes pointed to potential flaws within the fast exams. ( Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Well being introduced Sunday that state-run COVID-19 testing websites will pause the usage of fast antigen exams beginning Monday after an evaluation of exams outcomes pointed to potential flaws within the fast exams.

Epidemiologists analyzed information after questioning the efficiency of the GenBody fast exams provided on the testing websites. The well being division discovered that greater than half of practically 18,000 Utahns examined with each a GenBody and PCR exams had totally different outcomes on the identical day.

Whereas a destructive fast check is unreliable, the division discovered that optimistic fast exams are “extraordinarily dependable,” in keeping with a press release from the well being division.

“Whereas fast antigen exams are recognized to be much less more likely to determine a optimistic particular person, the distinction recognized on this evaluation was increased than anticipated,” officers said.

One other evaluation of people that acquired each a PCR check and a BinaxNow fast antigen check discovered the BinaxNow exams carry out higher — lower than a 3rd of these with a destructive fast check additionally obtained a optimistic PCR check.

Whereas the BinaxNow exams appear extra dependable, the division mentioned there’s a nationwide scarcity of the exams, including that if the provides of the check return to regular the state may convey again the usage of fast exams at their websites.

The division will provide at-home exams to anybody who will get a PCR check however wants fast outcomes, in keeping with a press launch.

Utah well being officers additionally suggest that individuals who acquired a fast antigen check between Feb. 2-6 at a state-operated testing website get re-tested with a PCR check or request an at-home check from one of many websites.

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