The Monterey County DPH reported 788 Covid-19 test results for 8/7, 1066 test results for 8/8, and 1440 for yesterday, 8/9. That means that the processing bottleneck that was restricting reporting at a state level is beginning to be solved. Not only that, but the positivity rate for the two days indicates that the results that were being held up were much less likely to be positive than the ones that were getting through. The positivity rate for 8/8 and 8/9 was a bit over 7%, and the rate for yesterday was 3.8%.
The reduced positivity rate for the backlogged tests makes sense, since part — most? — of the backlog was due to the state’s failure to renew a certificate, which kept Quest from uploading data. I think the the tests performed at Quest are more likely to be voluntary and not be driven by contact tracing, although I’m not sure.
Here are the numbers of tests reported on each day:
And here’s the positivity data:
Here’s how Monterey County compares to the state for positivity:
With today’s report of 150+ new cases, the case versus time plot for Monterey County now looks like this:
California as a whole is not clearing the backlog as fast as Monterey County:
California hospitalizations continue to fall:
But deaths are still rising: