The Virginia Department of Health resolved an issue with local COVID-19 test results over the weekend, resulting in large increases in the number of tests the Lord Fairfax Health District can report.

On Friday, a day before the issue was resolved, the district reported it had completed 3,084 tests since the beginning of the pandemic in early March.

On Sunday, that figure jumped to 9,992, in large part due to 6,414 tests that had been completed but not linked to the district.

The district encompasses the city of Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Page, Shenandoah and Warren.

The change linked 37,362 tests to local health districts throughout the state.

Overall state figures were not impacted because the total tests were already included in statewide figures but were not linked to local health districts in particular.

Late Friday evening, the VDH reported that incomplete information taken from people receiving tests led to the unreported tests linked to local districts.

Because most tests are sent to the state lab for processing, if health officials at the lab do not have complete address information the tests are only included in the state’s aggregate data.

The VDH rolled out reporting figures by ZIP code at the beginning of May and have been adjusting to the added pressure the new reporting puts on the department.

Over the weekend, the department announced it will begin reporting ZIP code level information in a “tiered” approach.

If a test has incomplete information, such as no ZIP code for the patient, the test will be attributed to “ordering provider’s” ZIP code, according to the VDH site.

If no ZIP code is provided at all — for the patient or whoever administered the test — the test will be attributed to the testing laboratory’s ZIP code.

With the improved reporting numbers, the Lord Fairfax Health District’s test positivity rate fell from more than 23% to 15.1%.

Virginia has returned results on 313,283 COVID-19 detection tests and its positivity rate continues to fall.

The state’s seven-day average positivity rate dropped to 12.4% Sunday, inching closer to the 10% threshold health officials are saying is required for the state to enter phase two of reopening.

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Conservative

Let's see...the number of test kits available is limited, so only people who have symptoms are allowed to be tested. That causes the positivity rate to be skewed. More testing will cause the positivity rate to plummet, and that's what the establishment folks don't want, they want us to be afraid and listen to them instead of thinking for ourselves and analyzing the facts.

Historian

I wonder if this will provide enough evidence to enter into Phase 2 or if we will still be told we are in Phase 1.

cookie

Its a non issue, reopen as normal and move on. If you are older and weak you need to protect yourself. This is a media driven fear campaign to push a political agenda. Not a Trump supporter but it is obvious what is going on. CDC release the mortality rate below 70 and its .26% the fu is .19%. Big nothing burger!

Ali

Not a nothing burger to the well over 100000 dead.

Bryan.the.Nuri

We have effective responses for flu strains. We don't for this.

We have preventative measures for flu strains, not for this.

We have predictable models for flu strains, not for this.

Until you get you degree in epidemiology or virology, please be quiet.

ginamcintire

You are Dr. Who, with a degree in what? Obviously not a supporter of first amendment rights. Probably not a supporter of any amendments huh? No free speech, religion, right to own a gun, should women give up their right to vote. Why don’t you stay safe and stay in your cave until time to take the vaccine. It’ll be a whole new world when it’s safe for you to come out.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Exactly what rights are being infringed?

You're whining

Doc Samson

@ginamcintire - Don't feed the Nuri! He only exists to troll and cry about "anonymous" posters he disagrees with.

Conservative

Ahh, so more testing causes the positivity rate to drop considerably. Interesting. Keep getting tested folks and things will return to normal again and the lefties won't get to have the mail-in voting they so desperately want.[lol]

Ali

Not one modicum of scientific thought in Con’s statement. All politics, all the time.

Conservative

You obviously didn't read what I wrote. You're just triggered by my name.

Bryan.the.Nuri

your "name"? You mean your cover, right?

Doc Samson

@Con - B-b-but voter fraud is a myth!!!!!

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/docs/pacei-voterfraudcases.pdf

Also, nowhere near 100,000 deaths...

https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/05/27/rethinking-covid-19-mortality-statistics-14811

Leftist science = no room for dissent

TonyR

Stay home. Wear a mask in public places.

Curly 2

People are just thinking of themselves! Not others ! It’ll never go away until all obey the rules! Simple! Just stay home, avoid crowds wear a mask when being out ! Lot’s of people going against the rules because I’m against government rule and I’ll do what I please ! That attitude is killing people !

Bryan.the.Nuri

Exactly!

ginamcintire

How do you know what people are thinking? How do you know what their motivation is?

Conservative

No. Don't go out if you're afraid or susceptible. Same with wearing masks.

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