A Saco company is stepping up production of quality control kits that are vital to making sure coronavirus tests are accurate.

Maine Molecular Quality Controls’ kits are used by laboratories that process tests for coronavirus and other illnesses.

The company has some control kits on the market now and another six will be released in the next few weeks, just in time for an anticipated surge in testing for the virus as states allow more businesses to reopen, said Joan Gordon, Maine Molecular’s president. In many cases, businesses will be required to test employees to make sure they aren’t carrying the virus into newly reopened workplaces.

The company’s kits are used to make sure medical tests are accurate, Gordon said. As an example, Maine Molecular makes control kits for cholesterol tests – samples contain a precise amount of cholesterol and are run through machines to make sure the levels found by the tests are accurate. Read more