JFK teacher who says she falsely tested positive for COVID-19 sues Public Health

Department of Public Health and Social Services (PNC file photo)

The JFK teacher who says she falsely tested positive for COVID-19 is now suing Public Health.

JFK teacher Shauna Camacho told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo Friday morning that she’s still being treated as a positive COVID case.

Camacho says this is wrong because even though she tested positive with an Abbot Rapid Testing kit, she tested negative on two subsequent PCR tests.

She complained that Public Health was unhelpful and unfairly ignored her negative PCR tests.

Department of Public Health and Social Services chief medical officer Felix Cabrera said people in Camacho’s situation do have recourse.

He said they can request two PCR tests that must be taken within 24 hours of each other to verify the results of an Abbot Rapid Test.

Camacho’s two negative PCR tests were taken about 4 days apart.

Because Camacho is now suing Public Health, Cabrera said he can’t go into detail on the matter.

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“All I’m going to comment to is that there was a suit filed, based on what was said publicly, and so she said things publicly…I honestly haven’t heard her speak directly…I read one column about it..and so I’ll only comment up to that point. And so I can’t comment further beyond that. But just reiterating what our policy is, and we’ve been consistent with it … we’ve done our best to be as fair as possible with that policy. And that courtesy was extended to her,” Cabrera said.

Camacho said that she wasn’t informed of the policy to confirm rapid tests with PCR tests.

She said Public Health personnel didn’t give her clear directions on their protocols and at times even gave her conflicting information.

Camacho said that the only thing she’s seeking in her lawsuit is for Public Health to clear her name and acknowledge that her positive test result was false.

“The only thing I really ask of Public Health is let’s just address that it was a false positive..and move forward…call the parents and say it was a false alarm. Because they won’t get any satisfaction until it comes from someone from Public Health. So no matter my plea with me calling you or the other news outlets, they want Public Health to say, ‘okay, this was a false positive and it could happen to other people.’ And we’re sorry for the alarm,” Camacho said.