A woman has made a bizarre find in a package she bought from a department store.
Andrea Ellis, from Illinois in the US, was wrapping Christmas gifts at her aunt’s house when she opened a padded envelope containing flags she ordered weeks ago from the department store chain Kohl’s.
“I pulled out the flags and I told my aunt, ‘Look how cute these are,’” she told The Quad City Times.
“I pulled out the packing slip and then noticed something deeper inside the envelope and pulled that out. It was a biohazard bag containing someone’s Covid-19 test specimen.”
Ms Ellis called the police, who referred the issue to the county health department, according to East Moline police Chief Jeff Ramsey.
Janet Hill, the chief operating officer at the Rock Island County Health Department, told Associated Press that she picked up the biohazard bag over the weekend and it appeared to contain a used nasal swab and identifying information of a person from Virginia.
She said she was figuring out what to do next, including contacting health officials in Virginia and trying to determine if the specimen was still viable.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this,” Ms Hill said.
“I want this person to know that the test has not been done yet.”
Kohl’s store apologises for ‘unusual experience’
Wisconsin-based Kohl’s issued a statement on Monday apologising for “this very unusual and inexplicable experience”, and saying the package was sent from an “outside direct ship vendor” and not directly from the retail chain.
The company said it launched its own investigation, but it declined to give further details, including the name of the vendor.
With Associated Press
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