SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The number of new COVID-19 cases in Chatham County is declining from the increase seen after the holiday season.
However, there is an additional element to the way people receive COVID testing.
While it is a good sign to see declining cases, health experts say the increase in the use of home COVID tests may play a role in it.
Dr. Stephen Thacker, with Memorial Health, says there is always a level of underreporting with any notifiable disease, such as COVID-19. Thacker says that with the increase in people using home tests, there is no clear path for this data to be reported to the state.
“So there is some underreporting there. But I think the trends are still holding true. The fact that we are seeing a decrease in what is being reported reflects a decrease in the amount of disease in our community,” said Dr. Thacker .
Dr. Thacker says this downward trend in COVID cases is hopeful as we enter St. Louis. Patrick’s Day holiday in Savannah.
But he still recommends that people follow the CDC guidelines for wearing masks in enclosed spaces where not everyone’s vaccination status is known.
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