More false positive tests reported in southern Vermont – WCAX

MANCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) – Vermont health officials say more false-positive test results are coming in from what initially appeared to be a surge of cases in southern Vermont.

About 63 people tested positive a week ago using antigen testing done at the Manchester Medical Center. That kind of testing is appealing because of the quick results, but officials have said they may not be as accurate at detecting the virus in people who aren’t showing symptoms.

We now know 33 of the 63 people with a positive antigen test have tested negative following a PCR COVID test. Two cases were confirmed positive.

The health department says it has been in contact with all but seven of those 63 people. We’re told most don’t have symptoms.

PCR testing was offered in Manchester and Londonderry last week as well. All 405 tests came back negative.

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