Nearly 7,000 NC residents incorrectly told they have COVID-19

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 15th, 2020 2:10 pm

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Last Updated Sep 16th, 2020 at 10:00 am

Nearly 7,000 residents in North Carolina were incorrectly told that they had COVID-19 due to what officials are calling a technical glitch.

More than 6,700 residents in Mecklenburg County received text messages on Friday saying they had tested positive for COVID-19. More than 500 people also reported receiving an email.

Although the county originally told residents that the messages were a "scam," it later said on Twitter that the messages had actually been sent because of a glitch "in the software system that has been addressed by the software provider."

No personal information was shared or compromised and a corrected message was sent to those who received the original one, the county said.


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