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Regarding “late positive” test results, what is the rate of late positive (meaning picking up past COVID-19 genetic material? Are all people who test positive infected with COVID-19? Does a positive test mean the person is sick?

Almost all people who test positive will have been infected with Covid-19, either currently or within the recent past. The most likely scenario of a positive test is a current Covid-19 infection. A positive test does not mean someone is currently experiencing symptoms. Some people can be asymptomatic during their Covid-19 infection. Each person who tests positive is assessed by Public Health to make an individual determination. The rate of late positives varies and is dependent on testing patterns.

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