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COVID-19 News: testing lab error causes false report of record high results this week

Many news sources on Thursday reported Minnesota had a spike in positive COVID-19 cases, with Thursday’s results being a new record high.

However, the state has now confirmed that result was due to a reporting error by one Minnesota testing facility, Valley Medical, which has a history of inconsistent reporting despite state requirements in the disease reporting rule.

As a result of Valley Medical’s incorrect reporting, up to 265 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 were not contacted by health officials, and may not be aware of their positive test. If you have been tested recently and not heard your results yet, authorities say you may receive a late phone call or letter informing you.

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