About 12,000 coronavirus testing kits distributed by the Washington Department of Health have been recalled because of possible contamination, according to a news release from the health department.
Friday, University of Washington Medicine notified the state health department that there may have been a quality control issue after a small number of vials of viral transport media (VTM) fluid appeared to have an unusual color, according to the release.
The testing kits in question were sent to local health jurisdictions, tribal nations, and state agency partners across the state, the news release said.
Jurisdictions that received the kits are encouraged to contact the health department for a new shipment of swabs and VTM transport tubes, according to the release.
A large shipment of swabs and VTM from a different vendor are expected to arrive in the state this week, the release said.