Lab recording error to blame for false COVID-19-linked death

  • A Hawaii state Department of Health microbiologist demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Oahu. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — Hawaii mistakenly reported it had its first death from the coronavirus because a worker at the state public laboratory accidentally recorded a negative test as positive, the director of the laboratory said Wednesday.