The percentage of people coming up positive for the coronavirus in Missouri was artificially low because the state combined two kinds of testing results, according to a report.
The state was mixing the results of tests for the COVID-19 virus, which show active infection, with those from antibody testing, which demonstrate prior infection, the Kansas City Star reported.
State data as of Friday showed about 6.5 percent of tests were positive. But after separating the two types of tests, the data revealed 8.3 percent of tests for active infection were positive along with four percent of antibody tests, the newspaper reported.
Missouri has had more than 11,700 confirmed coronavirus cases, and more than 600 deaths. At least seven other states have also conflated the testing results and the CDC has been lumping together results on one of its coronavirus trackers, The New York Times reported.
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