113 Rhode Islanders got ‘false positive’ COVID-19 test results from private lab; 71 new cases, 2 more deaths reported


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Dozens of Rhode Islanders who recently learned they tested positive for COVID-19 are now being told otherwise.

The R.I. Department of Health said Friday it was made aware by a private laboratory in New York of 113 false positive test results reported between July 9–14.

The samples were part of a larger batch with samples from other states, according to the Health Department, which also included samples from 82 Rhode Islanders whose positive results were confirmed when retested. In addition, eight Rhode Islanders are being re-swabbed.

The private lab is a partner of East Side Clinical Laboratory, the Health Department said, adding that they’ve been working to reach out the affected individuals and their contacts.

“All Rhode Islanders who have been tested for COVID-19 should assume that their test result is accurate unless they have been contacted and directly told otherwise,” health officials said in a news release.

Earlier on Friday, the Health Department reported two more Rhode Islanders died after contracting the disease, bringing the total to 990.

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Another 71 newly identified COVID-19 cases were also announced, and the daily positivity rate came out to 2.1%.

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Sixty-two people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, of which four are in the ICU and two are on ventilators.

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