What’s wrong with this statement?
“Our health data metrics show that testing is increasing, and the percent of tests that are positive continues to trend downward,” he(Northam) said.
OK, when tests were scarce, doctors reserved them for hospitalized patients and those with severe and predictive symptoms(exactly those who didn’t need a test to be diagnosed) but now, as tests become greatly more available, the testing criteria have become much more widespread, including some with no symptoms at all based on occupation and and even ethnicity.
OF COURSE the percentage of positive results is declining. The underlying rate of infection could be unchanged or even climbing, but if you cast a wider net, including many who would not have been given a test a month ago, the rate of positives will still decline.
If that is the basis on which decisions are being made, we are in deep trouble.