Florida: Rash of test-less ‘positive COVID-19 results’ finally gets some local news notice

Florida: Rash of test-less ‘positive COVID-19 results’ finally gets some local news notice
ABC 7 WWSB Sarasota video

[Ed. – People have been reporting this anecdotally on social media for weeks, across the country.  It’s extra-important to have it investigated, because it appears the problem is not just fake results and an overstated count of infection cases.  There may be some of that, but what’s worse is that COVID results are apparently being sent to the wrong people.  The story is frequently that someone got in line at a testing site, had to leave before being tested, and then received a “positive” notification about a test.  That indicates there was a test, and the result was positive – but the subject was probably the next person in line behind the one who left.  That next person may now be unaware that he or she tested positive.  And the results of dozens or hundreds of people at a pop — whoever was in line at a given site behind the person who left — could be affected.  What a snafu.]

[N]ow, on the Suncoast, although testing has been made more available, many say there are some problems in really getting a handle on how much the virus is in our community.

It has nothing to do with being able to get tested, but instead the results. The quickest turnaround is about 48 hours, and the majority of the time, it can take about a week of finding out if you’re infected our not. However, the most recent issue is getting back results that aren’t even yours.

“I got a call asking for me, and they told me that I had tested positive. I was like, ‘Positive for what?” Then, the lady said for COVID, and I said, ‘That’s impossible. I never got tested, Ma’am,’” Mindy Clark said.

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