SA Pathology sends incorrect COVID-19 results to 11 people in southern Australia

A South Australian pathology clinic has admitted that 11 people got the wrong COVID-19 test result on New Year’s Eve.

In a statement, SA Pathology said that even though the results of the PCR tests were correct, an IT problem resulted in the incorrect result being sent out.

A clarification was sent within three hours, the publicly owned pathology service said, and the 11 people were contacted with an explanation and an apology.

“The fault was found during our usual quality control processes, and although this is the first incident in South Australia, we have implemented additional measures to prevent a similar incident from happening again,” the statement read.

ABC has contacted SA Health to determine whether the 11 people were sent false positive or false negative results.

The error comes after South Australian authorities scrapped test requirements for cross-country arrivals and random contacts and reduced requirements for close contacts and positive cases amid long test queues and rising case numbers.

The state processed 25,943 COVID-19 tests yesterday, a new daily record.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that 400 people in Sydney were sent the wrong test results, and almost 1,000 were later sent a result before it had been determined.

Three prisons in blockade after COVID outbreak

Meanwhile, three Adelaide prisons have been shut down after several prisoners tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The Adelaide Pre-Release Center and the Adelaide Women’s Prison, both in the Adelaide suburb of Northfield, and the Mobilong Prison, in the Murray Bridge, have been closed while contact tracking is being carried out.

The Department of Correctional Services said more than 10 inmates had tested positive at the Adelaide Pre-Release Center and the inmates were currently in quarantine in their housing units.

All prisoners on the spot have been declared close contacts.

Earlier today, it was confirmed that a newly incarcerated inmate in Adelaide Women’s Prison had been tested positive while in solitary confinement.

In addition, two prisoners in Mobilong Prison tested positive today.

The Department of Correctional Services said face-to-face professional visits had been suspended in the three prisons and would be made largely where possible.

It has already banned regular visitors until at least January 23rd.

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