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Tested: How West Virginia incurred and paid heavy COVID test costs amid price gouging, procurement challenges

By Mike Tony, Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — COVID-19 has been lucrative for vendors testing for the deadly virus.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources paid more than $100 million in taxpayer money to vendors for COVID testing in open-end contracts, according to a Gazette-Mail review of thousands of pages of contracts and corresponding invoices the agency received throughout the pandemic. More than a third of that money went to an out-of-state vendor.

West Virginia was among 14 states with a “high” average charge of more than $144.56 for diagnostic tests, according to a 2020 Johns Hopkins study covering the first four months of the pandemic.

There has been “a lot of price gouging going on” across the country, said Jeremy Sanford, a University of California Santa Cruz biology professor who helped create a COVID testing company in California that no longer is in business…

To read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/health/tested-how-west-virginia-incurred-and-paid-heavy-covid-test-costs-amid-price-gouging-procurement/article_7635f523-976e-57ce-aa7a-8d1531490eab.html

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