BBB and Illinois AG warn of sites managed by Center for COVID Control

“People are turning to pop-up sites,” BBB spokesperson Sarah Wetzel said. “When you go to these sites, you want to believe they are legitimate.”

ST. LOUIS – As we approach the pandemic, cases of COVID are on the rise, the availability of test kits is on the decline, and Better Business Bureau spokesperson Sarah Wetzel said it was attracting the attention of some. bad actors.

“Unfortunately, we’re in a place where home tests are so hard to come by that you can’t go to a local pharmacy and get them anymore,” she said. “People are turning to pop-up sites. When you go to these sites, you want to believe that they are legitimate.

The Illinois Attorney General’s office has received several complaints against a company called the Center for COVID Control, to which the BBB has assigned an F.

“I see a lot of negative reviews on people who don’t get their test results,” Wetzel said. “It’s worrying.”

5 On Your Side reporter Holden Kurwicki stopped by the Central West End test site to take a look at how they worked, but all he found was signage and an empty tent with tests carried out on the ground.

“No matter where you go, you want to make sure you do your research,” Wetzel said. “With the negative reviews from this particular company, you might want to be cautious. “

the COVID Control Center website also lists Ballpark Village as one of its test sites.

A spokesperson for Ballpark Village said they had had no complaints about the company that runs their test site.

However, when KSDK reporter Holden Kurwicki lined up at the Ballpark Village site, he was handed a form for Doctor’s Clinical Lab.

After investigation the Doctor’s Clinical Lab website, Kurwicki was told his test results were pending, but he never took a COVID test.

“This is probably a signal that there is something illegitimate about this as a testing site,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said.

An official at the Ballpark Village test center site said he was using the doctor’s clinical lab to process his rapid tests, but was otherwise not affiliated.

He went on to explain that they would immediately end their relationship with Doctor’s Clinical Lab, and by extension Center for COVID Control.

“Most of the time when you go to these sites, you have to provide your social security number and a lot of personal information,” Wetzel said. “It makes people wonder what’s going on with this information. “

That’s a question we asked Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, and while he couldn’t comment on ongoing investigations, he said stories like this are not uncommon.

“Some are engaging in fraudulent activities such as using people’s identities to try to get reimbursement from the government,” Raoul said.

A spokesperson for the City of St. Louis made the statement: “The City of St. Louis Department of Health has briefed state officials and Cardinals of the community‘s concerns to determine the next steps. steps. In the meantime, we encourage residents of St. Louis to visit our website for a list of public COVID-19 testing clinics established through DOH, its community partners, and the Department of Health and Human Services. senior citizens of the state.

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