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Greater Danbury area officials decry lag in COVID-19 testing, reporting

Some Greater Danbury area officials are trying to explain the difference in COVID-19 testing numbers that they're seeing and that the state is providing. 

The Ridgefield Office of Emergency Management says there's been a lot of confusion, but what residents need to know is that the numbers reported daily are cumulative from day one when testing first began.  People who have recovered are included in the total, but only those with symptoms severe enough for their doctors to write prescriptions have been tested. 

Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice says they learned Wednesday that there was a lag in reporting from one lab that services Fairfield County.  As a result, mid-Fairfield County communities experienced one-day double digit percentage increases in cases, ranging from Norwalk at 41% to Ridgefield at 12%. 

Connecticut has historically lagged surrounding states in testing due to shortages of PPE and test kits.

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