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UPMC releases latest COVID testing data

September 4th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

At a virtual press briefing Thursday, UPMC leaders shared the health system’s most recent findings related to COVID-19. Since the spring, UPMC (which includes the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland)  has been tracking key data to better inform its approach to treating COVID-19, which impacts each patient differently. Among the key statistics provided:  UPMC is receiving 2.5 times more COVID-19 test results per day in the last two months compared to the prior period;  and the positivity rate of 5.28% is only slightly higher than the spring’s rate of 4.94%, which indicates people are generally taking the correct precautions to protect themselves and others.  Dr Donald Yealy, chief of Emergency Medicine for UPMC…

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