Alabama is now providing aggregated data for the coronavirus pandemic, state officials told The Michigan Star earlier this week.
Per Section 1702 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires states to provide “aggregated data on testing and results from State and local public health departments.” Aggregated data includes both positive and negative test results.
Alabama reportedly stopped publishing negative test results as of March 16, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.
A spokesman from the Alabama Department of Public Health told The Star that it is now reporting the aggregated number of cases.
“ADPH is reporting the results of all testing performed that is reported to us,” a spokesman said, adding that reported numbers come from the Bureau of Clinical Laboratories, commercial and clinical labs.
There are currently 167 confirmed positive cases out of a total of 1,832 cases tested, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. A total of 1,665 negative cases can be inferred from these published numbers.
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Jordyn Pair is a reporter with The Michigan Star and The Tennessee Star. Follow her on Twitter at @JordynPair. Email her at [email protected]
Image “Alabama State Health Office Scott Harris” by Alabama Public Health.