The State of Virginia is Counting Positive COVID Tests Instead of People

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Virginia: The number of COVID-19 cases jumped 15% overnight last Friday due to a change in how cases are counted. The Department of Health announced it now is counting the number of positive virus tests instead of the number of people who test positive. If one person is tested three-times and all three tests are positive, the records now show three cases. Other states, including North Carolina, have been reporting numbers that way for several months.

Governor Ralph Northam’s response team is explaining why the commonwealth has lagged in testing when compared to other states.

The state saw a historic increase in testing numbers Friday, jumping 15% in the last 24 hours, but a change in the methodology is behind the spike.

“You need to know the exact number of tests not the number of people who had tests,” said Dr. Daniel Carey, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

During a COVID-19 briefing, The Virginia Department of Health announced it will now count the number of positive virus tests instead of the number of people who test positive.

That means if one person is tested three-times and all three tests come back positive, it counts as three instead of how the numbers were being counted before, which would have only been one because it was a single patient.

“We realized for Virginia that that change in methodology made a clear sense because we want to make sure that other number that we’re reporting since so many folks are focusing on that as we move into the phases so as one of the important indicators,” said Dr. Carey.

Other states, including North Carolina, have been reporting testing numbers that way for quite some time.

Virginia now has contracts with three labs – two in the commonwealth and one in North Carolina to increase testing capacity by 3,000 per day.

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1 year ago

We’re forgetting that the tests have no provenance (RT-PCR test and serological tests as well). So now they’re inflating false positives based on a false premise – with a multiplier of exponentially more false positives!

By the way that’s the same way the RT-PCR test works… Fallacious multipliers by amplifying a contaminated sample.

Me oh my,