Ontario’s Peel Health Region Accidentally Sent Wrong Results to Positive COVID-19 Patients


Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH

Peel Health Officials mailed the wrong test results to 16 residents COVID-19 patients in their region. The results advised them that they had tested negative, while they were positive for the virus, SARS-CoV-2.

Peel region comprises of two of Canada’s most populous citiesof Mississauga (6th most populous in Canada) and Brampton (10th most populous). The town of Caledon is the least populous with less than 70,000 residents according to 2016 census.

Peel Medical Officer of Health Lawrence C. Loh issued an apology for COVID-19 test result error stating, “Thursday night, I learned that we accidentally mailed letters to 16 residents that advised them that their COVID-19 test results were negative when, in fact, they were positive. These letters were mailed on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

The Peel Health Officials said that they are working quickly to notify these residents and make sure they have what they need to manage this difficult situation.

According to the news release several positive test slips were mixed with a batch of negative results received from labs. The error was not noticed until after the notification letters were mailed. The officials assured that they made changes to the process to ensure that this situation does not occur again in the future.

Currently, there are 362 positive COVID-19 cases and 2 related deaths in the region. Brampton has 137 cases, Caledon has 18, and Mississauga has 200.

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