#61 – $90M Faulty COVID Tests

It’s a nearly $90 million political favor that came during the height of COVID, as Colorado faced the highest rate of nursing home deaths in the nation. In September of 2020, the Polis Administration paid a fledgling start-up company called Curative $90 million for faulty COVID tests. The tests were given out primarily to nursing homes.

The deal was a no-bid contract. Curative had virtually no data to support its new COVID testing. Polis heard about the company from a major Democratic campaign donor who had a financial stake in the fledgling company.

Curative had no FDA approval for the type of testing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) was recommending. The head of seven nursing homes sounded the alarm that these tests were bringing back “false positives,” and on January 4th, 2021, the FDA issued a warning against using Curative tests. It took two weeks for the CDPHE to finally decide to stop using these tests. From Nov. 1, 2020 and Jan. 3, 2021, Colorado saw the highest number of nursing home deaths in the nation.

We need transparency and ethics in our government. We need a governor that will admit failures, investigate problems, act with honesty, and refuse to let political cronies guide policy and dictate state business.