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This is a nightmare!

Nearly 7,000 Mecklenburg County residents were told they had tested positive for the Coronavirus on Friday. The messages came through in a text message to the majority of residents, but around 500 were also notified by email.

Turns out, those people did not have COVID, but in fact it was a technical glitch.

The false messages were sent through HealthSpace Data System, which is a company based in Canada that the county has been using to help with contact tracing efforts in the pandemic.

While it must be a huge relief to those people who were falsely notified they tested positive, what a horrible circumstance to get a random text on your phone saying you did.

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