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Getting Answers: Reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Arizona

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TUCSON (KVOA)- The Arizona Department of Health Services releases new COVID-19 case data daily on its data dashboard and one viewer wanted to know if there was data on how many positive cases were asymptomatic.

Holly Poynter, a public information officer with ADHS, said that all available COVID-19 data can be found on their data dashboard.

"The Laboratory Testing module contains data about the number of positive tests reported to ADHS, but we do not break out symptomatic versus asymptomatic individuals," said Poynter. "Additionally, the test type, date of collection, county, and age distribution of those receiving tests is listed on this module."

Aaron Pacheco with the Pima County Health Department said that the county's health department does ask individuals if they are asymptomatic as part of the investigation. He added that they also get some data from the testing conducted at the Kino and Udall testing sites.

"However, we do not produce reporting on that metric because it would be incomplete data," said Pacheco.

He said that the reason behind this is because they are not able to contact everyone who tests positive for a number of reasons, although they attempt several times to contact via phone calls, texts and a certified letter.

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