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Placer County Public Health Lab to close

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize a contract with Sacramento County to provide public health laboratory services.
The Feb. 6 decision means the Placer County Public Health Laboratory in Auburn will close by the end of June.
The two-year, maximum $50,000 with Sacramento County goes into effect on March 1.
Under the new arrangement, biological and environmental samples collected in Placer County and needing to be tested for infectious disease or other harmful agents would be transported by courier service to the Sacramento lab.
All existing services will be transitioned to Sacramento except for blood lead and water testing, which will shift to private labs.
The change will result in an estimated savings of nearly $1 million when compared with the existing service model.
"We are in a time of limited resources and local governments have to collaborate with neighboring jurisdictions to provide services in a more cost-effective manner," said Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chairman and District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes in a statement.