John Minchillo / AP
Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 | 2 a.m.
The state health department has ordered Nevada nursing homes to suspend the use of certain rapid COVID-19 tests because of the likelihood of false positives.
According to an Oct. 2 memo from the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health, the rapid antigen tests are showing that they have a high tendency to produce false positives despite earlier statements from the Food and Drug Administration that if they produced any inaccurate results, they would lead to false negatives.
The FDA added that follow-up testing should be done on negatives, not positives.
However, state public health officials issued guidance to the contrary, which led to data showing 60% of a sample of