Only 1,432 at-home COVID tests reported to RIDOH this year

SO FAR THIS YEAR, up through Feb. 6, a total of just 1,432 self-test results for COVID-19 have been reported to the R.I. Department of Health, including 1,106 positive results and 326 negatives. That means just 22.7% of people who reported their self-test results were negative, far less than the percentage of negative test results seen in the overall testing data collected by the state. / COURTESY CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE
THROUGH FEB. 6, only1,432 self-test results for COVID-19 have been reported to the R.I. Department of Health, including 1,106 positive results and 326 negatives. That means just 22.7% of people who reported their self-test results were negative, far less than the percentage of negative test results seen in the overall testing data collected by the state. / COURTESY CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's government distributed 1 million at-home COVID-19 test kits to state residents in a matter of a month earlier this year, according to a recent announcement from the Office of Gov. Daniel J. McKee. In an effort to keep track of self-testing results, the state established a website in December, portal.ri.gov/s/selftest, allowing…

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  1. Honestly, stop wasting energy and money on things that don’t matter. Test results of at home tests don’t matter. It’s simply a quick tool to confirm you have it. At that point, it’s too late to have an impact on anything. Government needs to get out of the way and stay focused on where they can have the greatest impact:
    1. vaccination
    2. anti-virals to reduce hospitalization/death
    3. Educating the public on what the real science (not political science) is
    4. Provide a safety net for those most vulnerable
    5. Get out of the way on everything else and let an informed public make their own choices for themselves and their families in consultation with their own health care providers. Let doctors do their thing with their patients. So remove ALL restrictions at all touchpoints (work, school, public square & transportation) and let’s move on.