Sonoma County, California-The way the Sonoma County Health Services Department tracks the number of coronavirus tests has changed, and the county’s positive test rate is expected to keep the number of states in line with the number of states.
County officials said in a press release on Monday: “Once implemented, these changes will result in the release of new data on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.” “The new method that will be applied retrospectively will show an overall increase in testing and Sonoma. Corresponding reduction in the county’s positive rate.”
The county stated that the consistency of these two indicators is crucial because in the new “Blueprint to Reduce Safety COVID-19” proposed by California Governor Gavin Newsom, these indicators determine how Shixian can be transferred from one level to another.
Sonoma County is currently at the most restrictive purple level, which means that its average daily viral infection rate per 100,000 residents needs to fall below 7 and its overall percentage of positive tests must fall below 8%.
According to the county’s previous method, as of last week, the numbers were 13 cases and 11.5%.
According to the county’s new data, which is more consistent with the California Department of Public Health, the county’s average 7-day incidence rate per 100,000 residents was 11.2, and its 7-day average positive rate was 5.3%.
Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said: “This change will eliminate confusion about the difference between state numbers and county numbers, and put us in a better position to move forward.”
“But it is important to note that these updates will not cause any changes to the COVID-19 policy decisions previously made in our county,” Mase said. “It is the state number, not the local number, that determines whether Sonoma County is on the watch list. Later, we will classify it in the governor’s new four-tier plan.”
Mase pointed out that multiple measures have become considerations for local decision-making, and there is no single indicator that can guide policy. For example, in addition to testing positive, health officials also monitor case rates, intensive care capacity, and trends in outbreaks and deaths caused by COVID-19.
Sonoma County spokesperson Paul Gullixson said that, like many counties in California, Sonoma County’s local COVID-19 statistics differ from the California Department of Public Health’s report.
Gulickson said: “County health officials have been working closely with the state to understand why the numbers are different.” “When state officials recently provided Sonoma County with analysis codes that were not previously provided to local health jurisdictions. , A breakthrough has been made.”
Gullixson said that through this new guide, people found that previous file cleanup agreements inadvertently underestimated how many tests one person would perform.
This did not affect the county’s ability to identify or track contacts, but it did underestimate the number of tests performed each day.
By including this information, Sonoma County hopes that its indicators will be more consistent with the California Department of Public Health report.
By visiting SoCoemergency.org, the public can track Sonoma County’s progress in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
According to the webpage, as of 8:30 on Monday night, the total number of coronavirus cases in Sonoma County since March is 6,738 (1.32% of the county’s population); the number of active cases is 1,747 (0.34% of the population); The number of people who recovered from the virus was 4,881 (72.44% of cases); the number of deaths was 110 (1.63% of cases).