Governor DeSantis is concerned about the accuracy of the COVID-19 test results.
In a press conference on Monday, he said there have been several cases where people have had positive results even though they have not been tested at all.
“It is problematic that this is positive if no copy has been submitted. So I’ve heard it enough to worry about, “said DeSantis.
Fox 4 has also received reports of this. People said they submitted their contact information to a COVID-19 test site, but after seeing how long the line took, they decided not to wait an hour or more to get the test. However, a few days later, they received an email or phone call telling them that they had tested positive.
Representatives with whom we spoke at the Centurylink Sports Complex test site say that there are no false alarms possible because of their setup.
The Florida Department of Health says that Centurylink will provide you with your contact information immediately before the test. So if someone got out of line, they would not have been able to give their phone number or email address.
However, not all test sites are the same.
We contacted Lee Health, which operates several of its own test sites. These websites are operated only by agreement and receive contact information beforehand. However, Lee Health states that there have been no mixed results issues yet, and several steps are required to ensure that the results get to the right person.
The health care system states that its locations verify the patient’s identity upon arrival. Then the person who performs the test signs and dates each sample. Finally, the hospital system is in contact with the laboratory, which checks the correct and consistent information on the swab they receive.
DeSantis says his office still has no answer as to why confusion occurs, but he asks the public for help.
“If you are someone who has experienced this, you will give us the details because I think this needs to be corrected,” said DeSantis.