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Monday, June 29, 2020

Most of the states facing large coronavirus outbreaks today didn't build up their public health systems enough ahead of time.



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Which U.S. States Meet WHO Recommended Testing Criteria?

...On May 12, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) advised governments that before reopening, rates of positivity in testing (ie, out of all tests conducted, how many came back positive for COVID-19) of should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days....

If a positivity rate is too high, that may indicate that the state is only testing the sickest patients who seek medical attention, and is not casting a wide enough net to know how much of the virus is spreading within its communities. A low rate of positivity in testing data can be seen as a sign that a state has sufficient testing capacity for the size of their outbreak and is testing enough of its population to make informed decisions about reopening. Which U.S. states are testing enough to meet the WHO's goal?

The graph below compares states' rate of positivity to the recommended positivity rate of 5% or below. States that meet the WHO's recommended criteria appear in green, while the states that are not testing enough to meet the positivity benchmark are in orange....

States that meet positivity recommendations: 28

Percentage of Positive Tests
Alaska 0.63%
Vermont 0.71%
Hawaii 0.91%
New York 1.09%
Montana 1.20%
Connecticut 1.27%
New Jersey 1.43%
District of Columbia 1.68%
West Virginia 1.72%
Maine 1.87%
New Hampshire 1.95%
Rhode Island 2.04%
Michigan 2.05%
Massachusetts 2.57%
North Dakota 2.67%
Illinois 2.72%
Minnesota 3.24%
New Mexico 3.57%
Kentucky 3.60%
Delaware 3.97%
Indiana 4.28%
Pennsylvania 4.42%
Virginia 4.53%
Colorado 4.74%
Wisconsin 4.79%
Ohio 4.84%
Maryland 4.90%
Wyoming 4.93%

States above recommended positivity: 24

Percentage of Positive Tests
Puerto Rico 100.00%
Arizona 23.87%
Florida 15.49%
Nevada 15.28%
South Carolina 15.10%
Texas 14.91%
Alabama 13.03%
Mississippi 12.66%
Georgia 11.52%
Utah 11.35%
Idaho 9.82%
Oregon 9.50%
Arkansas 8.51%
Tennessee 8.06%
Louisiana 7.57%
North Carolina 7.41%
Kansas 7.32%
South Dakota 6.55%
Iowa 6.52%
California 5.88%
Nebraska 5.76%
Oklahoma 5.69%
Missouri 5.59%
Washington 5.27%

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-29 09:35 AM | Reply

Kentucky 3.60%
Tennessee 8.06%

Kentucky went into lockdown three weeks before Tennessee did.
Kentucky has a Democrat Governor.
Tennessee has a Republican Governor.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-29 10:23 AM | Reply

When you have Jayzus you don't need no stinking masks.

#3 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-06-30 07:27 AM | Reply

@#3 ... When you have Jayzus you don't need no stinking masks. ...

When VP Pence recently held a COVID-19 task force briefing, how many times did he say pray or prayer, and how many times did he say mask?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-30 09:51 AM | Reply



Pray, prayers:

I said at the beginning that our hearts and our prayers go out to the families who've lost loved ones in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

I just encourage every American to continue to pray. Pray for all the families that have lost loved ones, pray for our healthcare workers on the front lines and just to continue to pray, that by God's grace every single day, will each of us do our part to heal our land.

Well our hope and our prayers is not the case.


I'm pleased to report that the federal government both delivered and facilitated the delivery of billions of supplies of face shields and gowns and gloves and masks.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-30 09:59 AM | Reply

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