Some Midwest States Seeing Positive Covid-19 Test Rates of 30%

By Anna Breuer on 28 September 2020
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The Chicago River, which runs through the city

Health officials in several Midwest states are reporting positive coronavirus test rates as high as 30% over the past week, according to a report on Sunday.

The United States reported 37,332 new coronavirus cases on Monday, an average 23% increase over the past 14 days.

The positive test rate in North Dakota has averaged 30% over the past seven days, versus 6% in the prior seven-day period, Reuters reported, using data from the Covid Tracking Project. In South Dakota, the rate is 26%, and in Montana it is 20%. In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said that its positivity rate on Sunday was 27% for the prior 24 hours.

The numbers are a start contrast to the situation in Illinois, where the positivity rate was an average 3.7% over the past seven days, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

A safe positivity rate for a jurisdiction to reopen its economy is 5%, according to the World Health Organization.

Some of the increase in the positive test rate could be explained by an increase in testing but hospitalizations in the region have also surged, something that isn’t influenced by the number of tests performed.

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