States’ reporting of virus testing data leads to confusion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. Several states — and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have lumped together virus tests that measure different things. That can lead to a misleading picture of how many people are currently infected. As they reopen, some states have made it difficult for the public to understand how the number of cases and deaths are trending over time.