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Falling COVID numbers a double edged sword

The number of positive COVID-19 tests have tumbled in recent weeks, but Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise sees the good and the bad from it.  The state reported 2,579 positive tests on Wednesday, well below the highs seen in November where positive cases averaged between 5,000 to 8,000 a day. Testing has also dropped considerably, averaging 10,000 to 12,000 tests administered in December compared to the 15,000 to 20,000 in November. Heise told that a reason for that could be “COVID fatigue.”

Heise is encouraged by the drop in numbers both in positive cases and hospitalizations. He also added the turnaround time for tests has drastically improved over the last several weeks with patients in some cases getting results back in less than 24 hours.

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