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.