The positivity rate on coronavirus tests in Boone County is not as bad as once thought.
The local health department said on Tuesady a lab in Boone County has had problems transmitting all its negative results to the state health department. That led Boone County to stop reporting the positivity rate for a couple weeks through its online dashboard.
The errors apparently started May 1, but by far the biggest change came in the week ending Aug. 27. Boone County had reported a 44.6% positivity rate, but it was actually just 8.9%.
The corrected rate has kept climbing lately though. It was 16.8% in the week ending Sept. 3, and 24.1% in the week ending Sept. 10. The CDC has said test rates of over 5% or 10% are concerning.