Potential for False Positive Results with Antigen Tests for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 – Letter to Clinical Laboratory Staff and Health Care Providers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting clinical laboratory staff and health care providers that false positive results can occur with antigen tests, including when users do not follow the instructions for use of antigen tests for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2. Generally, antigen tests are indicated for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 […]

Lompoc offering free, rapid result COVID-19 testing

When this service is provided, I think it’s good to have that kind of short piece of mind with the early detection on the rapid test,” Asfaha said. The tests are free, but for those with health insurance, they must bring their health insurance ID. “If you are insured and you don’t bring your ID, […]

New COVID-19 rapid testing site opens in Lompoc

It’s great because you cannot wait 3-5 days for the results, especially if you have to work or have family gatherings. Even though it’s family, you just don’t want it to spread, just to make sure we don’t have COVID, Lompoc resident Ricardo Garay said.

Lompoc now offering free rapid COVID-19 testing

The walk-up testing is offered through Merso Labs, in partnership with the city of Lompoc. The DeWees Center, located at 1120 W. Ocean Ave., is providing the location to be used as a testing site. Those with insurance cards are asked to bring them. However, no one will be turned away for lack of insurance, […]

Santa Barbara County Laboratory Provides Help for Local Community with COVID-19 Crisis

As many businesses across the globe are shutting their doors due to the pandemic, one start-up tech company has managed to pivot its mission and allocate resources to find a way to help out the local community and endure economic hard times. Merso Labs Inc. launched a high-throughput CLIA-certified COVID-19 testing laboratory in July. As […]

The first cannabis testing lab in Santa Barbara County is opening in Lompoc

When the lab does open, state-required testing will include analyzing samples of products prior to them hitting retail shelves to ensure there are no pesticides, heavy metals such as lead, bacteria, or other potentially harmful materials. Gorter said the lab will also measure the potency of the products and the different types of terpenes it […]

Lompoc cannabis testing lab pivots to COVID-19 testing

Kali Freeman, MD, medical director at Merso Labs, said their testing “shows 100% sensitivity (based on known positive and negatives, with cross-validation with samples from both Cottage and Marian Hospitals), and 99.5% specificity.” The lab is currently running tests for Lompoc Valley Medical Hospital, nursing homes and several school districts. The biggest priority is helping […]

Coffee May Shed Light on Cannabis – A Call for Engagement and Evidence

In light of the recent vaping-related lung injury outbreak on the national stage, as well as more local complaints centered around odor, cannabis has become a focus of contention. Throughout history, many new industries have faced hard-hearted resistance. Before attending graduate school, and moving to Buellton, I worked in coffee. Today, coffee is a commodity […]

Second dispensary, first testing lab set to enter market

It’s a major, major milestone,” Asfaha said of getting final approval from the city. “The city of Lompoc has gone out of their way to move things as fast as they possibly could. In business, nothing ever moves as fast as you want it to be, but as long as it’s moving in the right […]