**FILE** Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
**FILE** Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich

Montgomery County has shut down all of its coronavirus testing sites until further notice after state officials raised concerns about the process for some testing kits, the county announced Friday.

AdvaGenix, headquartered in Rockville, manufactures a COVID-19 self-administered test using saliva. The AdvaGenix kits make up nearly seven percent of all tests in the county, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

“The state health department has raised questions about the protocols of AdvaGenix, the company that does our testing,” Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said Thursday, WRC-TV reported. “We decided to halt testing that used the kits.”

AdvaGenix officials didn’t comment on the matter, the station reported.

The shutdown comes one day after the county announced the shuttering of testing sites in Poolesville, Germantown, White Oak and Silver Spring.

The county’s website requested anyone tested within the past two weeks be retested at another community-based clinic.

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