Misread COVID-19 tests causes cancellation of Georgia State football game

by Peter Heck · Sep 28th, 2020 9:17 am
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Last Updated Sep 29th, 2020 at 1:59 pm

The college football game between Georgia State and Charlotte was canceled last weekend due to four positive COVID-19 tests that later turned out to have been misread through human error.

"Friday afternoon, as we were loading the buses to play a football game at Charlotte, we were informed that four individuals out of 135 had tested positive for coronavirus from our third test in four days as part of our protocol to play," said Georgia State Athletic Director Charlie Cobb. "Through contract tracing, we identified 17 others, including one coach, who would require quarantining."

Acknowledging that "in good conscience" the school could not put a team on the bus to play under those conditions, the game was canceled. It was later, in the additional follow-up testing, that the error was discovered.

"As part of our protocols, we tested the individuals again Friday afternoon and were informed by our lab Friday night that none tested positive," Cobb said. "They also retested the swabs from Thursday and all tested negative as well. It was at this point that the lab director informed our medical staff that a human error Friday morning caused the error in test results.

The disappointing news is that we could have played on Saturday. More importantly, the positive news is we are not dealing with an outbreak at this time."

Georgia State's home game against East Carolina on Saturday will take place as planned.


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