Created: March 28, 2020 06:45 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo Clinic researchers have developed its own testing and uses its own labs to get results in southeast Minnesota. Areas throughout the state test through community health or other medical facilities. Those tests are analyzed in various labs with results given to the Minnesota Department of Health for reporting, including through Mayo Clinic's laboratory.
"All laboratories like Mayo and other commercial diagnostics labs do need to report their results to MDH and so we tally both the positive results that we get and they are put obviously into our case investigation of follow-up but we also note the negative and then our website gives the total number of tests to date," said Kris Ehresmann, MDH Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division Director.
Ehresmann also responded to reports of potential false negative test results. She said the sensitivity and specificity of tests is not 100% accurate but has not found that to be "of large issue."
"We did pull one of our testing platforms because we didn't think that the sensitivity was high enough but I have not heard that to be of a really significant problem with commercial laboratories," Ehresmann said.
MDH said it knows of other large facilities in the state that are looking at Mayo Clinic's model for in-house testing and lab analysis to get results. For now, Ehresmann said Mayo Clinic is the only independent commercial facility in the state that runs on its own and then reports its numbers to the MDH.
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