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West TN Dead Woman Gets Health Dept. COVID Letter
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MILLINGTON - A woman who has been dead for six months received a letter this week from a local health department saying she had tested positive for COVID-19.

KSTU reports that Sandra Whittington died of COPD on February 16th, weeks before the virus was detected near her Millington (Shelby County) home. However, her son says the family recently received a notice saying Whittington had tested positive and that she should isolate herself from others.

"I'm just having a hard time understanding how they can say someone has COVID-19 when they are not even alive," Troy Whittington, Sandra's son, said. He explained that this makes him question the Shelby County Health Department's COVID-19 statistics, and other statistics across the country, as to their accuracy. 

Whittington says the Shelby County Health Department claims his mother had taken a COVID-19 test on June 20th, about five months after she had passed away and been cremated. He also said he doesn't understand why, if his mother had still been alive and had been tested in June, that the notification was sent so much later.

The health department reportedly has apologized for its mistake and the pain it may have caused the family.

Published 07:00 PM, Saturday Sep. 12, 2020
Updated 09:46 PM, Sunday Sep. 13, 2020

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