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Oregon changes the way it counts COVID-19 tests after KGW report

Oregon changes the way it counts COVID-19 tests after KGW report

Breaking NewsThe system used since March doesn't count repeat tests and artificially raises the state positivity rate for COVID-19 infections.5:59 PM PST November 20, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority will change the way it counts COVID-19 tests after a KGW report revealed the current method underreports the actual number of tests given on a daily basis, which pushes up the state’s positivity rate.The positivity rate is an important metric that reveals how many people tested positive out of all the people tested on a given day. The number is used to help determine things like...

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Oregon Health Authority not sure how many COVID-19 tests are available or how many were used

Oregon Health Authority not sure how many COVID-19 tests are available or how many were used

Breaking NewsThe state also does not know whether 154,000 federal tests given out over several weeks were used.7:56 PM PST November 18, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Eight months into the pandemic, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is using a system to count COVID-19 tests each day that may undercount the actual number of tests by tens of thousands and gives potentially misleading accounts of how much testing is happening in the state. An OHA official also admitted the agency doesn't know how many tests are available each week, how many are used, or how many are left unused.“The total number of...

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COVID-19 cases increased by 40% in Multnomah County in September, health official says

COVID-19 cases increased by 40% in Multnomah County in September, health official says

Breaking NewsThe county isn't close to meeting the metrics for Phase 2 or reopening schools for in-person classes.5:07 PM PDT October 9, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon for the first time during the pandemic reported back-to-back days with more than 400 new COVID-19 cases.On Friday, the Oregon Health Authority reported . The day before, the public health agency reported , a one-day record for the state during the pandemic.It grabbed the attention of Multnomah County’s top public health doctor. She said it is too soon to know whether that’s a disturbing trend.“It’s usually after at least...

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