States Underreporting Coronavirus Cases, As Spikes Happening Across The Country

( One of the biggest frustrations of medical experts during the coronavirus pandemic has been the availability and use of testing as well as the reporting of cases in a uniform fashion.

This week, a new report revealed that at least 28 states in the country aren’t following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reporting COVID-19 cases.

Those states include some of the most populous in the country, such as California, Texas, New York and Florida. They aren’t reporting what are known as probable cases  — people who show evidence of being infected with coronavirus but haven’t gotten confirmation from a lab test, as well as deaths that have coronavirus listed as a contributing cause without confirmation from a lab test.

This means that the total number of confirmed cases and deaths as a result of COVID-19 could be a lot higher than the more than 1.9 million and more than 110,000 that Johns Hopkins University is currently reporting for the United States.

The big worry for medical professionals and other officials is that without an accurate picture of what’s going on in each state, it’s very hard to effectively recommend procedures and guidelines for whether states should re-open or preach more caution.

Of these 28 states, half have seen confirmed cases of coronavirus rise over the last week. In total, there are 26 states that have either seen a recent increase in cases or a steady rate.

Vermont, Utah, Arizona and Texas are just some of the states that have experienced concerning outbreaks in the last week. Utah state Representative Suzanne Harrison said the recent spike was “very concerning (and) approaching exponential.” The positive test rate for coronavirus doubled from one day last week to the next, capping at 18.5%.

As the state’s Department of Health tweeted recently:

“When you’re away from home, please avoid close contact with others, and wear a mask when other social distancing measures aren’t feasible.”

Both Arizona and Texas have reported more than 1,000 cases in a single day recently. An outbreak near Winooski, Vermont, resulted in 62 people being infected, with more than 1,000 others going to get a test because they were in close contact with those confirmed cases.

As the athletic departments at major colleges and universities have begun to allow athletes to train again, there have also been reported coronavirus outbreaks at Auburn University, Oklahoma State University and Arkansas State University.

How these outbreaks are contained — and how cases are reported — will have a dramatic effect on what schooling will look like in the fall, at the university level and also at lower levels.

Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, said on Monday that the upcoming school year in the state will be much different than any before it. He said:

“Students and staff will be screened for illness before they enter the school. Children will be asked to stay distant from classmates. They won’t be sharing pencils or textbooks, and there will be a lot of cleaning.”