Johnson County changes way COVID-19 positivity rate is calculated – KMBC Kansas City

Observers noticed this week when the COVID-19 positivity rate dropped from 11% to 6% in Johnson County, Kansas. However, public health leaders say the new positivity rate is because of a new way cases are being counted.The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is now counting negative retests performed on the same person, and more of those negative test results lower the overall positivity rate. “It is in the spirit of being open and letting people understand that in our field things can be done differently, you just need to understand what the assumptions are, and how they are done and that is what we have provided,” Johnson County Department of Health and Environment director Dr. Sanmi Areola said.Areola said the new numbers are meant to clarify trends not change the recommendations to the public.”The virus is here and the risk is as high as it has ever been and this is the time to know that even to keep schools open we have to continue to do what we have been doing and do it even better,” he said.Areola said masks, social distancing and hand washing are all critical in keeping the virus from continuing to spread.

Observers noticed this week when the COVID-19 positivity rate dropped from 11% to 6% in Johnson County, Kansas. However, public health leaders say the new positivity rate is because of a new way cases are being counted.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is now counting negative retests performed on the same person, and more of those negative test results lower the overall positivity rate.

“It is in the spirit of being open and letting people understand that in our field things can be done differently, you just need to understand what the assumptions are, and how they are done and that is what we have provided,” Johnson County Department of Health and Environment director Dr. Sanmi Areola said.

Areola said the new numbers are meant to clarify trends not change the recommendations to the public.

“The virus is here and the risk is as high as it has ever been and this is the time to know that even to keep schools open we have to continue to do what we have been doing and do it even better,” he said.

Areola said masks, social distancing and hand washing are all critical in keeping the virus from continuing to spread.