Va. health officials: Huge jump in COVID-19 tests will drop positivity rate

The electronic reporting of 43,000 new coronavirus tests — Virginia’s largest single-day jump in testing by far — has officials expecting the backlog of negative results will lower the commonwealth’s percentage of positive tests.

Two laboratories began sending the results of their tests to the Virginia Department of Health this week, the department said in a statement Friday.

The influx of negative tests, VDH said, will result in a lower percentage of positive tests. The positive results were manually entered into the system earlier, the health department said.

According to VDH, one lab had roughly 18,000 results; the other, around 13,500. The remainder of the figure reflects regular daily reporting.

A full lab-by-lab report is available on VDH’s website.


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