Why the Total Number of Coronavirus Tests Don't Add Up in San Angelo
SAN ANGELO, TX – According to the City of San Angelo, by August 5, there had been 14,872 COVID-19 tests administered in Tom Green County. Of those, 2,513 of those tests were positive and 10,567 of them were negative. Only 197 tests are currently pending.
After adding up the testing numbers, the result is 13,277 tests accounted for, leaving 1,595 of the 14,872 total tests not accounted for.
According to the City of San Angelo, the discrepancy arises from the types of tests administered.
"Before publishing our M/W/F reports, we contacted Shannon Medical Center and San Angelo Community Medical Center to get the number of pending tests directly from them," stated the City of San Angelo's Public Information Officer Brian Groves. "Because of the antigen tests, you cannot calculate the pending test category by using the other categories like was done in the past."
With the antigen tests, doctors are not able to report confirmed negatives while negative results are reported for the PCR tests. Without the ability to count antigen negatives, it leaves a gaping hole in the accounting for the total number of COVID tests reported.
Antigen testing results are not required to be reported to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. San Angelo's health authority reports the antigen test results to the public anyway as an act of transparency. Positive antigen testing numbers have been incorporated into the City's daily positive test counts since June 30.
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