INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — The state of Indiana now has a new way of tracking positive COVID-19 cases.
The positivity rate was calculated based on unique individuals. That means if someone was tested repeatedly, they only counted the person once.
On Wendnesday, Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said it was the right approach initially. She said that's because they weren't seeing people tested multiple times when the pandemic began.
Now they are calculating it based on the number of positive cases divided by the number of tests.
Box said this will give the state a better idea of how COVID is spreading.
"The CDC doesn't tell states how to calculate the positivity rate," Box said. "We've used the method that you've seen reflected on the dashboard, but we want to be transparent and share as much data as possible."
It will also help compare the numbers to other states using the same method.
"As we've observed the metrics other states are sharing, we saw that adding this additional calculation will allow us to more accurately compare ourselves to other states," Box added.
Box said they are still using both methods to find the trend of positive cases, and she said each way it's calculated has the same outcome.