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Remember Covid 19? Reported Positive Tests are Quite High By Pandemic Standards

The number of us testing positive and reporting our results to state and local health officials for Covid19  has increased.   Statewide the positivity rate is just over 15%.  John Hopkin's Bloomberg School of Public health says that an increase of positivity means that the community spread-or incidents of us infecting one another-is of concern:

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"A high percent positive means that more testing should probably be done—and it suggests that it is not a good time to relax restrictions aimed at reducing coronavirus transmission. Because a high percentage of positive tests suggests high coronavirus infection rates (due to high transmission in the community), a high percent positive can indicate it may be a good time to add restrictions to slow the spread of the disease."

"The higher the percent positive is, the more concerning it is. As a rule of thumb, however, one threshold for the percent positive being “too high” is 5%. For example, the World Health Organization recommended in May that the percentage positive remain below 5% for at least two weeks before governments consider reopening. If we successfully bring coronavirus transmission under control, this threshold might be lowered over time. To further relax social restrictions and allow huge gatherings or meetings of people traveling from many different areas, we would want a lower threshold."  Source

 

What does this mean? Mask-wearing indoors at places where many people are, like shops, theaters, and restaurants, is recommended.  Hand washing and sanitization practices are recommended. Wash your hands before you leave your home and when you return. If you are visiting the very young or the elderly, take proper precautions of masking and hand washing.  If you're feeling sick, stay home and away from others. Home test kits often include an app you can download to your phone that makes it easier to report whether you are positive or negative for the Covid19 virus.

Note: this data was reported before the New Year's holiday. Today is a federal holiday. So, the data will be updated tomorrow. Whether New Year's and the other holiday gatherings cause those numbers to spike remains to be seen. It typically takes two weeks for any trend to appear in the reported data.

 

 

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