MIAMI (CBSMiami) – COVID-19 cases continue to increase across South Florida, and this week the state reported 397,000 new cases.
To meet the growing demand, new test sites are springing up, but the increase in fraud is also accompanied by an increase.
“There is always reason to be concerned about fraud, especially right now when there is an increase in cases and an increase in testing,” said Jeremy Redfern, of the Florida Department of Health. Florida Department of Health. He said the state is increasing surveillance to protect people from criminals trying to use the pandemic as a way to make money.
Redfern added: “It’s important that we want people to know that it’s possible to report suspected fraud, especially when it comes to anything FDA-approved.
Redfern says that includes big concerns like whether a COVID testing site is allowed to work, or something small, about the process.
“Any complaints about labs trying to do some sort of fraudulent activity could go through the healthcare regulator. If it is healthcare fraud it can go through the FHS and if it involves certain FDA-related regulated healthcare treatments.
In addition, residents are encouraged to be cautious of unexpected phone calls or guests testing or offering COVID-19, offers or ads for testing on social media, and not to purchase kits. home test kits from street vendors.
Before getting tested, Redfern added, you should check to make sure the COVID-19 testing site you want to go to is legit, by visiting your state health department’s website.
“So we have a website, floridahealthcovid-19.gov, and it has pages that have been uploaded to our database from the counties that are checked, they are regulated, they are legitimate healthcare providers, and we wanted to make sure they were using those healthcare providers that were listed.”
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