Illinois Woman Says She Discovered COVID-19 Biohazard Bag in Kohl's Package
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An Illinois woman was opening a box of cabbage when she found a COVID-19 test specimen.
The Associated Press reports that Andrea Ellis ordered flags for her grandmother's garden from Kohl. She was wrapping Christmas presents at her aunt's home in East Moline, Illinois, when she tore open the padded envelope to remove the flags she had ordered from the department store chain weeks earlier.
"I pulled out the flags and said to my aunt," Look how cute these are, "she said." I pulled out the packing slip and then noticed something deeper in the envelope and pulled it out. It was a biohazard bag with a COVID- 19-DUT from someone. "
East Moline police chief Jeff Ramsey said Ellis contacted the police, who referred the matter to the county health department.
Janet Hill - the chief operating officer for the Rock Island County Health Department - told the point of sale that she fetched the biohazard bag from Ellis' house over the weekend and saw what appeared to be a used nasal swab and information from a person in Virginia. She said she was working on what to do next, such as contacting Virginia health officials and determining whether the sample was still usable.
"I've never heard of anything like this," said Hill. "I want this person to know that the test hasn't been done yet."
Kohls released a statement Monday apologizing for "this very unusual and inexplicable experience," saying the package was sent by "an outside direct ship seller" rather than the chain. The company said it has launched its own investigation into the problem.
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