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17 people mistakenly told they have Covid-19

17 people mistakenly told they have Covid-19

Wednesday 23 September 2020

17 people mistakenly told they have Covid-19


An administrative error resulted in 17 people receiving a letter telling them they had Covid-19, when they should have been informed that they were a contact of someone who had tested positive.

Public Health re-issued the correct letters yesterday and called the 17 individuals to explain the error and to apologise for the upset that this may have caused.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, one of Public Health’s many roles has been to support and advise people who have tested positive for the virus," said a spokesperson for the HSC Department. 

"The team know from their first-hand experience how distressing such news can be and apologise sincerely to all of those who have been wrongly given such information today as a result of this mistake.

"To be clear, no one will receive a letter confirming they have tested positive for Covid-19 and are subject to mandatory quarantine without having first received a telephone call from a Public Health Services clinician."

There are currently three active cases in the Bailiwick.

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