Someone who works in one of the larger hospitals in New Hampshire told me today that last week they had a meeting in which they were told Governor Sununu had been lying about the known number of cases in New Hampshire, that they actual numbers were many times higher than those he was releasing. And that was a hospital with professionals informing their staff. Lies kill people.
Today, for example, @COVID19Tracking recorded 20,045 new tests, of which 1985 (9.9%) were positive. One week ago, by contrast (Wednesday 3/11) there were only 2446 tests, of which 275 (11.2%) were positive.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 18, 2020
This ALSO means that comparing the US's growth curve to other countries *isn't that helpful* even if makes for interesting-looking charts and graphs. Because our testing sucked, our curve is likely to be steeper than counties that had more adequate testing to begin with.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 18, 2020