Last week state leaders confirmed what some Iowans had long suspected: that the COVID-19 data being reported to the public and used by educators and parents to determine whether students should return to school in person, was flawed.

On Thursday last week, three days after the Bleeding Heartland blog, the Associated Press and this newspaper reported on the data errors, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced at a press conference that a glitch in the state’s 15-year-old disease reporting system had been erroneously backdating thousands of positive and negative test results for months, skewing positivity rates.

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