Florida emergency management accused of hardening contractor for COVID test kits | app

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s Division of Emergency Management stiffed a private contractor for some $4.4 million in COVID-19 test kits during the state’s first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new trial.

The lawsuit, announced Thursday, says the state agreed to order some 600,000 test kits in March 2020 — a time when public health officials were still scrambling to respond to the potentially deadly virus. Despite emails from the state that appear to confirm the purchase, the Emergency Management Division ultimately agreed and paid for only a third of the tests.

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