State official: False positive COVID-19 tests very rare; not so with false negatives
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A New Hampshire jail employee who tested positive for COVID-19 later tested negative in two followup tests, illustrating that uncertainties and false results, although rare, exist.

But false positive test results — meaning a result that incorrectly reports the subject is infected with COVID-19 — are so rare that they approach a 0% rate, said state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan.

“We have not seen any significant reports of false positives,” Chan told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We don’t think that is likely to happen; it’s not common at all.”

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