We wanted to know what action the state took on Sunday, after our warning, to ensure lab documents were not altered ahead of that investigation.
“Did the state send someone there to make sure that didn’t happen?” Investigative Reporter Julie Watts asked.
“Julie, I’m not going to speculate on things,” Folmar said.
“Are you concerned documents might have been altered yesterday?” Watts pressed.
“Julie, I’m not going to speculate on documents that you say you have that I haven’t seen,” Folmar said.
Again, as the state regulator and lab partner, CDPH should have already seen all of the documents we have seen. Throughout the five-minute interview, Folmar declined to answer most of our questions.
“Are there currently CDPH employees working inside the lab?” Watts Asked.
“You know, I’m not privy to all of the details of the lab, so I’m going to let our investigators do their work and then I’ll get back to you,” she responded.
“My understanding is that there was a CDPH Director there who recently resigned,” Watts clarified.
“Julie, I’m not privy to all of those details. What I can tell you is that we’re taking these allegations very seriously and making sure that we have laboratory experts there to investigate,” Folmar responded.
CDPH sent an email shortly after the interview stating the lab initially had two part-time CDPH laboratory co-directors, but for “improved efficiency” they now have one full-time PerkinElmer lab director.