Coronavirus: Broken Piece Of Critical Equipment Led To Delays At Nueces County Lab

Matt Briscoe

Corpus Christi (Southside Light News) — Officials on Monday confirmed that the Nueces County Health District’s Laboratory testing has been delayed due to a broken critical piece of equipment needed to safely conduct testing.  

Annette Rodriguez, Director of Public Health for Corpus Christi-Nueces County told the Southside Light on Monday that the Health District had been shipping tests off to other open public labs in Texas as well as CDC for testing. 

“We had a biological safety cabinet that broke prior to CoVID 19 and we had to replace it in order to be able to do this type of testing,” Rodriguez said. “Testing is not allowed in a BSL 3 for safety reasons, without this critical piece of equipment working properly.” 

“There has never been a delay in testing for Nueces County residents. We have been sending test off, specimens collected from hospitals, physicians, etc. for CoVID 19 since the beginning,” says Rodriguez. “We were sending off test early on when CDC was the only one testing for the entire United States and have continued ever since.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.