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Idaho Matters Doctors Roundtable: May 19, 2022

A registered nurse stirs a nasal swab in testing solution after administering a COVID-19 test  in Los Angeles, Calif. Increased testing could help in efforts to detect and track new variants like omicron.
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A registered nurse stirs a nasal swab in testing solution after administering a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles, Calif. Increased testing could help in efforts to detect and track new variants like omicron.

We are more than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and new subvariants of the omicron variant are spreading rapidly around the world, especially in the United States. In fact, St Luke's Health System is reporting a testing positivity rate of 14%.

So what does that mean and will we see another surge? Joining Idaho Matters to talk more about this number and COVID-19 testing is Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St Luke's Health System, and a current member of the Idaho Coronavirus Task Force.

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