Senator says COVID numbers are misleading

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WHITEWATER – There is a backlog of potentially thousands of negative results in COVID-19 testing in Wisconsin, and it has skewed the data being reported out by the state Department of Health Services, according to state Senator Steve Nass, R-Whitewater.

He is now insisting that the Department of Health Services (DHS) publicly acknowledge there has been a significant backlog in local public health departments entering thousands of negative COVID-19 test results.

Earlier this week, Dane County admitted it had not entered all of its negative results since July 10 and was running about a two-week backlog in processing negative results.

Dane County is Wisconsin’s second largest county and has seen a huge increase in people seeking testing since mid-June.

“DHS and local public health departments have been aware of the backlog in counting negative test results and have not been transparent with the public about the situation,” Nass said. “By rapidly including the positive test results, but delaying thousands of negative test results from being included in the data released to the public, it provides a seriously incomplete picture of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.”

Nass said DHS has provided limited information regarding the backlog even with their confirmation it exists and is significant.

~ Source: Office of Senator Nass.

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