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Q: As of a week ago, 2,864 COVID-19 tests had been done in Champaign County with six deaths, 32 active cases and 86 recovered. That means that 2,740 tests were conducted on people who had symptoms of COVID-19 but didn’t have it. What ailment did these people have?

A: There are numerous respiratory symptoms circulating in our community all of the time.

Additionally, many people with spring allergies are having respiratory symptoms.

The COVID-19 test only tests for the virus that causes it.


Debra Pressey is a reporter covering health care at The News-Gazette. Her email is dpressey@, and you can follow her on Twitter (@DLPressey).