A privately run testing clinic “misplaced” dozens of coronavirus swabs in Byron Bay after the neighborhood was positioned into lockdown over a neighborhood case.
The swabs have been misplaced on Thursday, only a day after the world had been put beneath restrictions over a case of neighborhood transmission of COVID-19, in accordance with the ABC.
Native lady Sue Spargo mentioned she’d been informed to go get examined a second time after getting a coronavirus take a look at on Thursday, in a Fb put up within the Byron Bay Neighborhood Fb group.
“I’ve simply been suggested to go & get one other take a look at as there was a giant stuff up of assessments carried out on Thursday,” Ms Spargo wrote.
She’d been examined on the Cavanbah Centre, a sports activities complicated within the Byron space.
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Different locals mentioned they’d additionally been ready on outcomes since Thursday.
“Of all the times to mess up the samples,” one lady wrote.
Wayne Jones, the pinnacle of Northern NSW Native Well being District informed the ABC all 71 lacking swabs taken on the Cavanbah Centre have since been discovered.
“When it emerged the swabs had been misplaced, the clinic contacted all 71 individuals and requested for them to be retested,” he mentioned.
Some 20 individuals offered to be examined once more earlier than the swabs have been recovered.
Of those that have been swabbed, 69 obtained detrimental outcomes and two are actually pending.
“We apologise to these individuals whose assessments have been misplaced and likewise sincerely thank these individuals who have offered for retesting.
“The incident is being totally investigated to keep away from the chance of it taking place once more.
“We thank the northern NSW neighborhood for coming ahead for testing in such massive numbers to guard everybody within the area from the COVID-19 danger.”
After the one case was reported in Byron, greater than 10,000 members of the neighborhood turned out to be examined for the virus.