St. Louis pandemic task force to stop reporting suspected cases due to many negative tests

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force will no longer combine confirmed admissions and suspected COVID-19 cases after the commission found several of the suspected cases turned out to be negative, according to a local NBC affiliate.

The task force's hospital data will now only include confirmed COVID-19 admissions with the additional affected data points to include total hospitalizations, daily ICU patients and the number of patients on ventilators, according to the report.

The commission also reports COVID-19 patient discharges. Head of the task force Alex Garza, MD, said that its charts will be a "much more accurate representation of the data" after the change.

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