A New Jersey lab issued 77 positive CCP Virus (coronavirus) tests among players and staff from multiple teams of the NFL, but all those tests came back negative after they were redone.
The league asked BioReference Laboratories, the lab in question to investigate the results. The lab explained the error, citing “an isolated contamination” during test preparation.
“On August 22, BioReference Laboratories reported an elevated number of positive COVID-19 PCR test results for NFL players and personnel at multiple clubs. The NFL immediately took necessary actions to ensure the safety of the players and personnel. Our investigation indicated that these were most likely false positive results, caused by an isolated contamination during test preparation in the New Jersey laboratory,” the lab said in a statement.
“Reagents, analyzers and staff were all ruled out as possible causes and subsequent testing has indicated that the issue has been resolved. All individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed,” it added.
False positive test results for CCP Virus
This is not the first time false-positive cases have been reported. Last month, 74 Long Islanders tested positive for the CCP Virus but it turned out that the results were false.
“They said that they made a mistake, that I’m actually negative,” Howard Austin of Smithtown told Fox5. “There are people that need to get out there and work every day and when they can’t, that has an impact on their lives.”
Also in July, a Florida hospital admitted that its near-100% positive rate was overstated by a factor of 10 amid the positive rate skyrocketing at various Florida labs.
According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has carried out more than 78 million tests since the start of the pandemic, of which 6.8 million were infected.
The news raised concerns about possible overreporting of the number of confirmed infections in the United States with Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson questioning the credibility of all the tests, which have been carried out since the outbreak began.
“77 NFL players on 11 teams tested positive for coronavirus[the CCP Virus]—until their tests were rechecked. They were all false positives. None of them had coronavirus.” she tweeted. “Now think about the rest of the USA.”
77 NFL players on 11 teams tested positive for coronavirus – until their tests were re-checked. They were all false positives.
None of them had coronavirus.
Now think about the rest of the USA.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) August 25, 2020