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Published 5/22/2020

County COVID Case Total Revised After Some Positive Tests Were Later Determined to Be Negative

Memorial Healthcare Issues Statement About Recent Testing



The Shiawassee County Health Department today confirmed two additional deaths in the county related to COVID-19; a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s.

However, the county's total positive cases has been revised after tests recently reported as positive by Memorial Healthcare were reclassified as negative.  

Memorial Healthcare issued the following statement on the matter:

"Earlier this week, Memorial Healthcare had two days of COVID-19 testing that included 18 Shiawassee County residents with results that were communicated initially as positive. When initially tested, the range of results should have been described as inconclusive ranging toward the positive spectrum of results instead of positive. Given the sensitivity of the testing used, each of these results needed further evaluation, and the next day all 18 tests were re-performed with the original specimens. As a result of this confirmation testing, all but two of the original positive results were confirmed negative. Following these results, all recipients of these tests were contacted and offered a third test to be performed with new collection samples taken. As of today, 13 have again been confirmed to be negative with this second retest.

Memorial Healthcare’s focus of having the highest sensitivity toward any potential positives being communicated as rapidly as possible drove this incident. Memorial Healthcare is committed to the highest level of quality and also the highest level of transparency."

The county now reports 240 positive Coronavirus cases, 96 recoveries and 24 deaths.

76 of the reported cases are males, 164 are females.

Those affected range in age from 0 to 99.

Prior to the adjustment of the case totals, the county reported that nearly 40% of the county's cases (97 individuals) are in the Durand area.  Nearly 35% (87) are in the Owosso area.  Nearly 4% (10) are in the Corunna area.  Those numbers may change as the adjustment to the county totals is applied.  Cases have been reported from all zip codes in Shiawassee County.  Get detailed information here.

As of today, 3,500 specimens have been collected in Shiawassee County.  3,137 have returned negative results.

Statewide there are 53,913 cases and there have been 5,158 deaths.



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