Washington will not be displaying coronavirus counts for at least a week

Aug 13 2020, 12:13 am

Due to a change in the way Washington State reports coronavirus cases, Washingtonians will not be receiving updated COVID-19 counts over the next week.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, “the testing dashboards will not be updated and will show preliminary data through August 10 using the old methodology. We estimate this will take at least one week.”

This is due to the fact that coronavirus testing data will soon be reported using the total number of tests completed rather than the current method, which reflects the total number of unique individuals ever tested.

“This new approach will give us the most complete and current picture of the actual amount of COVID-19 testing happening in our state,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman in a press release. “This also becomes important when comparing Washington state to other states.”

The latest coronavirus counts for the state were revealed on August 11, where a total of 64,151 Washingtonians tested positive for the virus.

The state last revealed their number of hospitalizations on August 10, with 386 hospitalizations, 35 of which are intubated.

The Department of Health has not disclosed how many tests have been administered in the past 24 hours.

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