RALEIGH – The coronavirus ‘case count’ has been in focus in North Carolina recently, if for no other reason than the fact that falling deaths and hospitalizations don’t generate the necessary fear component to advance the Pandemic Panic narrative.
But what if the case counts themselves are inflated as well; would you really be surprised?
Well, what happened in Mecklenburg makes it easy to see how that might occur. The county says at least 6,700 North Carolinians were told they tested positive for coronavirus, when, in fact, they did not. That’s just from ONE county.
The false alarm stems from a technical glitch, apparently, in which nearly 7,000 people were mistakenly sent text messages telling them their test results for SARS-CoV2 were positive. About 500 more people received an email saying the same. Whoops.
Think about all the dominoes set in motion upon learning you’ve tested positive for the virus. You’re asked to quarantine; your family is asked to quarantine; all of your colleagues at work, social acquaintances, any notable contacts in the days or weeks leading up to your positive test are combed through and put on alert themselves; or, maybe your place of work actually has to shut down for sanitation based on your positive test result.
The ‘glitch’ happened in Mecklenburg County, and it’s only now that the county is coming clean about it. At first, the county literally told people the messages were a “scam.”
“[…] The messages were sent by text messages to more than 6,700 residents in Mecklenburg County on Friday, The Charlotte Observer reported. More than 500 people also received a county email with the notice.
The county told residents that morning the messages were a “scam,” and that their health department does not notify people of their COVID-19 test results through text message. […]”
Except, it wasn’t a “scam,” it was a mistake.
“[…] A few hours later, the county said on Twitter the messages had actually gone out due to a glitch “in the software system that has been addressed by the software provider.”
County Manager Dena Diorio told county commissioners in an email Monday that the messages were sent through HealthSpace Data System, a company based in Canada, the newspaper reported. The county has been using the company’s software since May to help with contact tracing efforts amid the pandemic. […]”
Contact tracers, tracking software, tracking apps, and a Pandemic Panic — what could go wrong?