**FILE PHOTO**
**FILE PHOTO**

A company that supplied Montgomery County with coronavirus tests before its contract was terminated last month had about 3,500 test samples that were never analyzed.

Thousands of county residents have waited for test results that never came and have expressed frustration with the county and Rockville-based AdvaGenix for not notifying patients about the problems or warning them they might not receive results, WTOP reported Thursday.

Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County’s health officer, said Wednesday the county attempted to contact patients by notifying the public about possibly needing to be retested.

“We apologize for any frustrations that folks experienced in terms of the delays associated with the lab. … We take full responsibility,” Gayles said during an online news briefing with other county officials, WTOP reported.

AdvaGenix was barred by county officials from supplying tests because its deficient practices, a decision made upon the recommendation of the state health department. The company has argued its tests are safe and accurate and that it has resolved the issues state officials have pointed out.

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