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How has COVID impacted the Public Health landscape?

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I think the biggest change we saw in our Microbiology lab was increased positivity rates. For instance, positivity of urine cultures usually is around 23% and it jumped up to over 30%. Other cultures including wound related jumped a significant percentage as well. We attributed this to the fact that were at home suffering for things like UTIs and wounds or abscesses because either they couldn't get appointments or didn't feel safe going to the doctor. Since COVID we are still seeing an increase in both the number of overall cultures as well as requests for sensitivity testing in our Acid Fast and Mycology cultures.
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