Feds got Nebraska's COVID-19 data wrong, governor says

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the White House used "bad data" to calculate the state's COVID-19 positivity rate and then wrongfully listed it among the "red zone" states where the virus is spreading the fastest, according to a report from 6 News, the local NBC affiliate.

Four things to know:

1. The "red zone" states exceed a 10 percent positivity rate. The federal government reported Nebraska had a 14 percent positivity rate, but Mr. Ricketts contends the state never crossed the 10 percent positivity threshold.

2. Mr. Ricketts blamed the federal government for failing to remove repeated positive tests from Nebraska's data, which he says artificially boosted the positivity rate.

3. The state is working to provide accurate information to the federal government, according to the report.

4. Nebraska's positivity rate for Aug. 10 was 8.3 percent, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard.

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