Sydney woman mistakenly told she was COVID-19 negative

A Sydney woman who was mistakenly told she was didn't have COVID-19 had babysat her one-year-old niece before she was informed that she was positive. Stephanie Colonna is one of more than 400 people who were mistakenly told by testing laboratory SydPath that they were negative when in fact they were positive with COVID-19. SydPath blamed "human error" for the text messages which falsely told test recipients they did not have COVID-19. READ MORE: Sydney lab tells more than 400 COVID-positive people they are negative Ms Colonna told the Today Show she had symptoms last Monday but was turned away from busy testing sites which have been slammed with people getting tested for domestic travel. She had been away with friends and had been deemed a close contact. She received a text message from SydPath informing her that she was negative on Christmas Day, allowing her to leave isolation and look after her niece. READ MORE: Change flagged to COVID-19 testing in Victoria as lines build agai..

A Sydney woman who was mistakenly told she was didn't have COVID-19 had babysat her one-year-old niece before she was informed that she was positive.

Stephanie Colonna is one of more than 400 people who were mistakenly told by testing laboratory SydPath that they were negative when in fact they were positive with COVID-19.

SydPath blamed "human error" for the text messages which falsely told test recipients they did not have COVID-19.

READ MORE: Sydney lab tells more than 400 COVID-positive people they are negative

Ms Colonna told the Today Show she had symptoms last Monday but was turned away from busy testing sites which have been slammed with people getting tested for domestic travel.

She had been away with friends and had been deemed a close contact.

She received a text message from SydPath informing her that she was negative on Christmas Day, allowing her to leave isolation and look after her niece.

READ MORE: Change flagged to COVID-19 testing in Victoria as lines build again

One of the 400 people told she didn't have COVID-19 when she did said she's "mortified" over the blunder.Stephanie Colonna from Sydney discovered she had the virus after babysitting her one-year- old niece.

But yesterday she was told she did actually have COVID-19.

"Dear Stephanie please disregard previous text message regarding negative Covid test.

"Your sample was retested due to a laboratory error and is COVID-19 POSITIVE," the new text message read.

"For further information please contact the laboratory."

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Cars line up at a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Ms Colonna is yet to hear from NSW Health.

"I was just mortified. Like, to get two different results, you don't know what to feel," she said.

In a statement released yesterday, SydPath apologised for the error and said a full investigation is underway.

"SydPath last night incorrectly messaged more than 400 people, advising them they had tested negative to COVID," SydPath said in a statement.

"These people had tested positive to COVID.

"As soon we became aware of the issue this morning, SydPath immediately commenced a process to contact impacted people.

"An emergency response team is now investigating the cause of this mistake, which is believed to be human error.

"We sincerely apologise to all those impacted."

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