16 PEEL REGION RESIDENTS TOLD THEY WERE NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19 WHEN THEY WERE POSITIVE

Apr 03, 2020

By Jane Brown

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The wrong COVID-19 test results have been sent to more than a dozen residents in Peel Region.

Peel’s Interim Medical Officer of Health is apologizing for the error.

A news release from Peel Public Health says they accidentally mailed letters on Tuesday and Wednesday to 16 residents informing the individuals they tested negative for the virus, when in fact these residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Following an investigation, PPH says they found that several positive test slips were mixed with a batch of negative results.

The error was not noticed until after the letters were mailed, PPH says.

Spokesperson Lawrence Loh says the team is working quickly to notify these residents and make sure they have what they need to manage this difficult situation. Loh also reassures that changes have been made to the process to ensure this situation does not happen again.

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