Home COVID Tests Given to Tribal Families Recalled
Cow Creek Public Health is contacting Tribal families who recently received personal protective equipment kits that included now-recalled at-home coronavirus tests.
The at-home COVID tests are made by the manufacturer Ellume, and were recalled this week due to a high probability of a false positive test result.
Cow Creek Public Health Improvement Manager Melinda Sprague said the Ellume tests were part of the PPE kits issued to Cow Creek Tribal families at the PPE drive-thru event on Saturday, September 25 in Roseburg, as well as Cow Creek Public Health Mobile Unit events for flu and COVID shots on the following dates and locations:
- Tuesday, September 28 in Grants Pass at Josephine County Public Health
- Tuesday, September 28 in Medford at the Cow Creek Rogue Valley Office
- Wednesday, September 29 in Klamath Falls at Klamath Basin Equipment
- Thursday, September 30 in Redmond at Klamath Basin Equipment
As of Wednesday morning, Cow Creek Public Health began contacting Tribal families who received the recalled tests.
“We anticipate that the recall could be expanded to include more lot numbers [and] tests and do recommend discarding the tests,” said Sprague. She estimated about 20 Tribal families received the recalled tests as part of their PPE kits.
The Ellume recall affects an estimated 200,000 at-home COVID tests nationwide. Consumers are encouraged to check the lot number on the test box to see if it has been recalled.
According to Ellume company executives, anyone with a recalled test may request a replacement. If you are in possession of a recalled test kit, click here to answer a questionnaire and file for a return.