Jul 29, 2020

Mercer County Health District Administrator Jason Menchofer discusses COVID-19 testing and results


A recent social media post stating a person received a positive COVID-19 test result without actually being tested was addressed Wednesday by Mercer County Health District Administrator Jason Menchofer.

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Menchofer added:

"It is my understanding that, because the doctor noted symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but testing was refused, this is considered a probable case. Probable cases are treated like confirmed cases in that the self-isolation period is still required. The process followed by MCHD was correct. The problem was that we sent out the same form letter that is used for confirmed cases, which states in the first paragraph that "the health department has received your positive test results". This was an unfortunate oversight on our part, and changes will be made to prevent it from happening again"

Menchofher thanked the citizen for pointing out the Health District's efforts to maintain transparency and accurate information.

From the Mercer County Health District:

This afternoon the MCHD was made aware of a situation regarding an individual who had received a letter from the MCHD that referenced a positive COVID-19 test and explaining that the person was expected to self-isolate at home for 10 days. The MCHD wants to clarify the situation. The health care provider noted symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but the individual refused COVID-19 testing, so the doctor diagnosed a probable case of COVID-19.  The process followed by MCHD was correct.  The problem was that the MCHD sent out the same letter that is used for confirmed cases, which states in the first paragraph that, "the health department has received your positive test results". This was an unfortunate oversight on our part, and immediate changes have been made to prevent it from happening again. Mercer County’s confirmed case count remains at 470, as this individual was never counted as a confirmed case. The MCHD is dedicated in our efforts to provide accurate information, and we are interested in knowing about and correcting any mistakes we may make in the process.


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