Now, another 995 people have received a text from SydPath saying they are negative for the virus while the results have not been confirmed.
“The emergency response team investigating the cause of this error, has now identified approximately 995 additional people, tested on December 23 and 24, received a premature text message advising them that their test was negative when in fact their true outcome had not yet been determined, “SydPath said in a statement.
“All of these people have been contacted and informed of the error.
“They have been informed that they will receive the exact results of their tests by tonight.”
SydPath apologized for the error and said it identified what had happened and related to “specific human error”.
“This event comes at a time of unprecedented COVID testing activity and SydPath staff, as with all New South Wales pathology teams, are working around the clock to respond,” SydPath said in the communicated.
SydPath’s medical director, Professor Anthony Dodds, read a statement to media on Sunday afternoon when the initial error was exposed, blaming the “very high volume of testing we were faced with”.
People are also waiting days for the results, upsetting travel plans and leaving those potentially with COVID-19 confined.
Yesterday Prime Minister Dominc Perrottet urged people to only take a PCR test if they are symptomatic or have been advised by NSW Health.
âI know there are long lines all over our state, so if you don’t feel bad there is no need to get a PCR test. You take a seat in the line. from someone who needs a test, “he said.
“We just don’t think that requiring a PCR test for someone who is not feeling well actually supports this view.”
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