by Calculated Risk on 10/17/2020 05:55:00 PM
The US is now mostly reporting 700 thousand to 1 million tests per day. Based on the experience of other countries, the percent positive needs to be well under 5% to really push down new infections (probably close to 1%), so the US still needs to increase the number of tests per day significantly (or take actions to push down the number of new infections).
There were 1,003,502 test results reported over the last 24 hours.
There were 59,642 positive tests.
Over 12,000 Americans deaths from COVID have been reported in October. See the graph on US Daily Deaths here.
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This data is from the COVID Tracking Project.
The percent positive over the last 24 hours was 5.9% (red line is 7 day average).
For the status of contact tracing by state, check out testandtrace.com.
And check out COVID Exit Strategy to see how each state is doing.
The second graph shows the 7 day average of positive tests reported.
The dashed line is the July high.
Note that there were very few tests available in March and April, and many cases were missed (the percent positive was very high – see first graph). By June, the percent positive had dropped below 5%.
Everyone needs to be vigilant or we might see record high cases before the end of October.