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Letter from state health dept. about COVID-19 test unsettles LaGrange County woman

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This is the letter Madison Myers received from the Indiana State Health Dept., informing her she tested positive for COVID-19. She insists she never took such a test.

TOPEKA, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Madison Myers of LaGrange County received a surprise letter in the mail Thursday, telling her to self-isolate because she tested positive for COVID-19.

It gets interesting when you learn that she never took a test for the novel coronavirus.

The letter addressed to Myers was on Indiana State Department of Health stationery.

It starts out, saying, "Because you were identified by the Indiana State Department of Health as testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, you have been asked to self-isolate due to a COVID-19 infection."

It goes on to say, "This isolation will last until the criteria for discontinuing isolation have been met."

Myers says about a month ago, when she was still working at a factory in nearby Elkhart County, she and some other co-workers felt sick to their stomachs after eating some pastries on the job.

She says there was discussion about taking a COVID test, but that she didn't go through with it.

"I never took a COVID test, I never went to take one, I was supposed to take one, but I canceled it for my old job. Cause I was like, I'm not going back, so what's the point. And so like I called them, I'm like canceling. I don't want to take this test and a month later I received this letter saying that I tested positive," Myers said.

Madison says her stomach ache was short-lived and she's convinced she never had COVID-19.

Right below Madison's name near the top of the letter, it lists an address of 1001 Northmain Street in Nappanee.

It looks like it's suggesting that is where Myers lives, but it turns out that's the address for a COVID testing site that operates out of that location.

No one from the Indiana State Department of Health returned our calls or emails seeking clarification about what's going on with the letter.

We forwarded a copy of the letter to the Elkhart County Health Department, hoping to kickstart a process to get some answers.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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