On December 3, the Florida Department of Health announced a new update requiring all laboratories conducting COVID-19 tests to record new details for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The announcement came via an email update from the Medical Quality Assurance division of the Florida DOH addressed to all licensed health care practitioners.
The update, Mandatory Reporting of COVID-19 Laboratory Test Results: Reporting of Cycle Threshold Values, notes that all Florida “laboratories are subject to mandatory reporting to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH),” including for “PCR, other RNA, antigen and antibody results.” The update adds new requirements for the PCR test, asking labs to record the “cycle threshold” (CT) values for the process.
On November 11, the Lisbon Court of Appeal ruled that the PCR test “is unable to determine, beyond reasonable doubt, that a positive result corresponds, in fact, to the infection of a person by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” The decision relates to an appeal by the Regional Health Administration of the Azores – officially the Autonomous Region of the Azores in Portugal – who forced four German citizens to comply with a 14 day quarantine in a hotel room.
The ruling went even further, stating, “in view of current scientific evidence, this test shows itself to be unable to determine beyond reasonable doubt that such positivity corresponds, in fact, to the infection of a person by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”naturalblaze Florida Department of Health Quietly Requires Labs to Report Cycle Threshold of Troubled PCR Test