OHA To Change Test Tracking

The Oregon Health Authority is changing how it tracks COVID-19 testing to represent the number of tests actually performed, rather than the number of people tested as it is currently done.  OHA Senior Health Advisor Dr. Melissa Sutton says people who have tested negative haven’t been counted again regardless of how many additional tests they take until they test positive, and that has resulted in a significant undercount of the true number of tests performed.  She says the state’s positive test rate last week from drops from 12.9 percent to 6.7 percent with this adjustment, but emphasized that still isn’t good, and it shows the issue of community spread of the virus.  OHA Director Patrick Allen said Oregon remains at the lower end of the nation’s COVID-19 cases numbers, but the current increasing numbers are concerning and the need to suppress the virus’ spread is real.

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