Woman Told She Has COVID-19: She's Been Dead 6 Months & Was NEVER Tested
Alarms raised over how country is counting coronavirus cases
A Tennessee man revealed his local health department sent a letter to his mother to notify her she had tested positive for the coronavirus, and telling her to isolate.
The only problem was his mother had died from other causes six months ago.
What's even more bizarre is his mother was never tested for the virus at all.
But the letter claimed the woman was tested in June.
The letter has raised the alarm about how coronavirus cases are being counted by the county and how the notification was ever triggered in the first place.
Troy Whittington showed KGW-TV the letter from the Shelby County Health Department addressed to his mother.
The letter addressed to Sandra Whittington, his mother, stated she had tested positive for the coronavirus tow months prior.
But Ms. Whittington passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in February, which is confirmed on her death certificate.
Moreover, the date the letter claimed she was tested was weeks before anyone was even being tested in the county.
Ms. Whittington fought a long battle with the disease and passed away in hospice care.
She was cremated for months at the time the county claimed she had been tested.
The claim she took he test was "clearly impossible" that she could have been tested on June 20 as the county told her son, according to the outlet.
"I'm just having a hard time understanding how they can say someone has COVID-19 when they are not even alive," Whittington said.
Whittington is also trying to understand that if the county truly believed his mother tested positive in June, why did it take so long to send the letter?
"We're talking two months later," Troy Whittington said.
"She needs to be quarantined for 10, well we've got 60 days from the time of the test to get the letter out to her, which is unacceptable."
He also noted that the notification from the health department came from the same county building that issued his mother's death certificate.
KGW also reported that "Whittington says this situation makes him question not only the Shelby County Health Department's COVID-19 statistics but statistics across the country."
A health department spokesperson told KGW that a representative called Whittington on Thursday to apologize for their mistake, and measures were in place to prevent it from happening again.