Prayer #113: For the Complete Reporting of COVID-19 Test Results
It was recently reported that some laboratories doing COVID-19 tests are reporting positive results, but not all or even any of the negative ones, leading to reports of high positivity percentages in some U.S. states. Florida is one state that this has been especially evident. Many laboratories across this state reported 100% positive tests, which implied that every person tested was positive.
Researchers just recently contacted many Florida laboratories that perform COVID-19 testing. One of these, Orlando Health, for which the state has reported a 98% positivity, actually, when contacted, stated that this number was wrong. The actual positive test rate was 9.4%. The laboratory is not certain why it was reported wrongly. There were numerous instances of this from laboratories across the state of Florida
There are some serious discrepancies between what some laboratories that were contacted and what the state health officials---who report the numbers for the public---say they have received. The state reported a 100% positive test rate for the Advance Medical of Naples (AMN) laboratory, for instance, but the AMN states that the real number is far less than that. The state report contained only the positive results from AMN; AMN states that both positive and negative results were sent in.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed that some laboratories are not sending in the negative test results, only the positive ones. The department is now attempting to work with laboratories to ensure that it receives all the test data, positive or negative, from them. It is vitally important that all this information is in the state reports, since, governors, mayors, county officials, and schools are using the reported numbers as a basis for their decisions on restrictions and reopening.
Pray that there would be complete reporting by COVID-19 testing laboratories across the country, since it is of the utmost importance that the important decisions regarding the response to the Coronavirus in cities and states be based on the best, most accurate information available. Pray for wisdom and discernment for the state health departments that are doing the actual reporting of the data that is being so widely relied on. Pray that in every way, God would truly guide the process of testing and data reporting.
Prov. 3:13: "Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding."