Laboratory errors result in two fewer cases of coronavirus in Gillespie County

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GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas – Two laboratory errors have resulted in Gillespie County having only one case of the coronavirus instead of three.

According to a city of Fredericksburg press release, information reported by Gillespie County on the original two COVID-19 cases came directly from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which was notified by two independent labs that lab errors resulted in two false-positive reports of the virus.

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The news release said the state health agency has never encountered a situation like this.

The case count has now been reduced from three to one.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.


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