Nurses care for a COVID-19 positive patient at UMass Memorial Hospital on Dec. 4, 2020 in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Allison Dinner/AFP/Getty Images)

State changes COVID reporting to distinguish between primary and incidental hospital cases

Primary refers to patients hospitalized because they have a serious case of COVID-19. The incidental patients are those who happen to test positive when they arrive with some other urgent problem. Data from the first week using this kind of reporting show a near-even split between the two.

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