UPDATE: Health Department addresses retraction of first positive COVID-19 case in Greene County

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Greene County Health Officer Pete Powers explained how incorrect information was issued in regard to Greene County having its first positive COVID-19 case.

"Greene County was reported to have one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on Friday, 3/20/2020, that has since been retracted by the ISDH," Powers explained.

"Friday evening, the Greene County Health Department's nurse and health officer were contacted by our region's epidemiologist from ISDH with notice of the first positive case of COVID-19 from a patient who resides in Greene County. The patient was from Greene County, but had not recently been in Greene County."

Powers explained the test was performed at an undisclosed hospital that is outside of Greene County, and sent to an independent lab for processing.

"The Greene County Health Department's nurse started the task of contact tracing immediately. Part of her investigation included interviewing the nurses caring for this patient at the undisclosed hospital. The investigation concluded that the results from the independent lab of the COVID-19 test were negative. The ISDH epidemiology department was then notified of this discrepancy that our local health department nurse found. Further investigation by the ISDH with the independent lab found that the results were falsely reported to the ISDH as positive, when in fact they were negative. ISDH then retracted their previous reports that Greene County had a positive COVID-19 case. This patient normally resides in Greene County, but the hospital that performed the test, as well as the lab that processed and initially reported the test results, are outside of Greene County. I would like to commend our local health department nurse, Stacie Fonderhide, RN, for her investigation that discovered this error."

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  • the greene county hospital need to get their facts straight just saying!

    -- Posted by jb62gc on Sun, Mar 22, 2020, at 2:09 PM
  • The Greene County Hospital did not have anything at all to do with this incorrect reporting. The error was made in Indianapolis, and our health department/hospital doing their job is how the error was found. Be thankful for their vigilance and donít be so quick to judge. We are blessed to have the healthcare facilities and professionals we have. Perhaps you should be thankful for them as well as the fact we continue to be fortunate enough to still be without a positive case.

    -- Posted by housing on Sun, Mar 22, 2020, at 2:40 PM
  • Greene County Hospital had their facts straight when they reported this. It was an error from elsewhere. When the error was discovered and resolved Greene County reported this as well. People are so quick to judge without knowing all the facts.

    -- Posted by MinerNurse07 on Sun, Mar 22, 2020, at 5:41 PM
  • Good job by all thanks for keeping us posted. Don't bad mouth the local health care workers they might save your life someday

    -- Posted by Tim Egnew on Sun, Mar 22, 2020, at 10:24 PM
  • I had a major operation at Greene county hospital itís a good hospital they took care of me I want to thank all of the nurses that took care of me

    -- Posted by hellomisskitty66 on Sun, Mar 22, 2020, at 11:06 PM
  • Support your local hospital, they are all hardworking dedicated people risking their lives!

    -- Posted by jenny todd on Mon, Mar 23, 2020, at 9:39 PM
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