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The man who claims to run a controversial COVID testing site Bonita Springs says he was asked to run it by a friend

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The signs lining up US-41 leading to the COVID-19 testing site at the clothing mall in Bonita Springs have disappeared, but the testing site remains open and operational with some changes.

After a story highlighting the complaints people were sharing about the test site, WINK News got a call from Dennis Finnearty. Finnearty said he runs the website daily, which is run by a company called the Covid Control Center.

RELATED: WINK News Investigation: Bonita Springs COVID test site negative before everyone gets tested

Finnearty allowed WINK News to see some of the site’s inner workings to show that he’s doing his best to get everyone’s COVID test results in a timely manner.

Finnearty said he doesn’t have to be at the testing site and doesn’t have to deal with people who fear they might have COVID-19 but said, “I really feel fulfilled every day, because I feel like we’re doing great service and helping people here. ”

The Indiana native, who said he served in the military and now calls Southwest Florida home, said he decided to volunteer his time at the Bonita Springs test range after his friend told him about it.

“He’s gone, I need your help. And I said, what do you need? He said, I am opening this COVID testing site. And I’ll see if you can come help me,” Finnearty said.

He showed WINK News around the venue, “see, we have these tests here.” Hoping to demonstrate the test site is active. “We take the swabs, then we do this and we do it,” Finnearty said.

But Finnearty says he knows almost nothing about the company that runs the venue; Covid Control Center.

“Honestly, I really don’t (research). I trusted my friend. And, you know, it’s a big company, it’s a big lab. You know, they have sites all over the country,” Finnearty said.

He admitted he has no contact with the Centers for Covid Control and does not know a single person who works there.

He admitted that a friend of his, who he declined to name, was the one who spoke to the Illinois lab.

When WINK News asked Finnearty about the rationale for our investigation, that somehow Erin and Doug Kates, and others, received a negative test result before they took their test, he said Blame the computer for a glitch.

Finnearty said, “we’re not perfect, you’re not, I mean, you know, sometimes we have flaws, things like that.”

WINK News reporter Michael Hudak highlighted him about the company’s name on the cards he gave out to people wanting the test, Doctors Clinical Laboratory. The Miami-based company with that name denies knowing what’s going on here in Bonita Springs.

Finnearty said, “that worries me.”

There were fewer people in the lobby of the test site on Tuesday, and the tip jar for Tony is now gone.

Finnearty also defended the website’s legitimacy against the Kates family’s claims and displayed a timestamp on his administrative system that he claims proves Kates got the results after they did. their COVID-19 tests.

“Look. Finnearty said.

Finnearty claims timestamps prove the computer problem has been fixed, but Kates says that’s not the case. “I will say this under a judge. It’s bull (sic),” said Doug Kates.

The state attorney general sent WINK News an email saying their office had received what it called a “Consumer Request” about the Centers for Covid Control. It turns out that, according to the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control uses a licensed and approved laboratory.

WINK News has yet to receive a response from the Centers for Covid Control.

The company’s website has two more Southwest Florida locations listed on its website. WINK News will also investigate those locations.

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