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FBI raids New Jersey lab, urges new Covid-19 tests for people who went there

Infinity Diagnostic Laboratory in Ventnor offered finger prick blood tests that shouldn't be used to diagnose active Covid-19 cases, the FBI said.

The FBI is urging people who got "rapid finger prick" Covid-19 tests at a New Jersey lab to be retested as soon as possible and to contact the agency.

The FBI said in a public service announcement Friday that the facility, Infinity Diagnostic Laboratory in Ventnor, was offering active virus tests in addition to antibody tests. The lab called it "rapid 10-minute testing" on a sign that was taken down Friday, NBC Philadelphia reported. Finger prick blood tests can detect Covid-19 antibodies, but only nasal or saliva tests should be used to diagnose active cases, the FBI said.

An Infinity Diagnostic Laboratory location in Ventnor, N.J.NBC Philadelphia

FBI agents raided the location Thursday but did not explain why, NBC Philadelphia confirmed.

Brian Strahl of Margate said he paid for staff members at his business to be tested at the lab but felt wary of the results.

"I think giving fake, inaccurate tests just makes a bad situation 10 times worse," he told NBC Philadelphia. "Because you're putting ... people at risk, and you're also giving people a false sense of security. I think it's horrible."

Anyone who was tested at the lab should be retested, and the FBI asked that they contact the agency because their responses "would be useful in a federal investigation."

Infinity Diagnostic Laboratory did not answer phone calls from NBC News on Sunday and did not respond to multiple requests for comment from NBC Philadelphia.