Support for LAist comes from
True LA stories, powered by you
Stay Connected

Share This

News

You Asked Us About Lower Case Numbers And Testing – Here’s What We Learned

5eb9d21f7b247700094a1b43-eight.jpg
A sign guides drivers to the entrance of a drive through COVID-19 test site in Crenshaw. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
Our reporting is free for everyone, but it’s not free to make.
LAist only exists with reader support. If you're in a position to give, your donation powers our reporters and keeps us independent.

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can ask us.

A reader wrote in to ask:

“I wanted to ask if you could research this a little. I'm pretty concerned that the COVID stats for infections are starting to degrade because most testing centers are being converted to vaccination centers ... if you're not testing, how can you really know that your infection rate is going down? Doesn't that skew the statistics? Is your infection rate only going down because your volume of testing is going down?”

To answer that, I looked at testing demand, unused testing capacity, and an important figure known as the test positivity rate.

Support for LAist comes from

READ THE FULL STORY:

READ OUR ONGOING COVERAGE OF COVID-19 AND VACCINES:

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.