Where Does Your State Fall on the COVID-19 Test Positivity List?

Rebekah Sager
July 31, 2020 - 11:53 am
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    If you're curious about what your chances are of getting COVID-19 based on where you live in the U.S., here are the rates of positive coronavirus tests in each state, along with the number of new cases daily, and the number of tests conducted per 1,000 people. 

    This information is cited from the Johns Hopkins' Coronavirus Resource Center.

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    States are arranged in descending order of test positivity rates.

    Arizona: 22 percent positive

    New daily cases: 2,525

    Tests per 1,000: 1.6

    Mississippi: 20.8

    New daily cases: 1,775

    Tests per 1,000: 2.2

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    Florida: 19.4

    New daily cases: 9,956

    Tests per 1,000: 2.4

    Alabama: 19.1

    New daily cases: 1,980

    Tests per 1,000: 1.8

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    Idaho: 18

    New daily cases: 568

    Tests per 1,000: 1.5

    Kansas: 17

    New daily cases: 294

    Tests per 1,000: 0.8

    South Carolina: 15

    New daily cases: 1,726

    Tests per 1,000: 2

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    Nevada: 13.9

    New daily cases: 1,018

    Tests per 1,000: 2.3

    Georgia: 12.6

    New daily cases: 3,963

    Tests per 1,000: 2.8

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    Texas: 11.5

    New daily cases: 9,234

    Tests per 1,000: 2.2

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    Missouri: 10.9

    New daily cases: 2,197

    Tests per 1,000: 1.7

    Iowa: 10.4

    New daily cases: 662

    Tests per 1,000: 1.5

    Arkansas: 9.8

    New daily cases: 791

    Tests per 1,000: 2.7

    Utah: 9.2

    New daily cases: 502

    Tests per 1,000: 1.7

    Nebraska: 9.1

    New daily cases: 344

    Tests per 1,000: 1.6

    Louisiana: 9

    New daily cases: 1,708

    Tests per 1,000: 4.4

    Tennessee: 8.6

    New daily cases: 2,049

    Tests per 1,000: 3.9

    Indiana: 8.1

    New daily cases: 954

    Tests per 1,000: 1.5

    Kentucky: 7.8

    New daily cases: 659

    Tests per 1,000: 1.7

    Oklahoma: 7.6

    New daily cases: 1,117

    Tests per 1,000: 3.7

    Wyoming: 7.6

    New daily cases: 58

    Tests per 1,000: 1.1

    Colorado: 7.6

    New daily cases: 408

    Tests per 1,000: 1.3

    North Dakota: 7.3

    New daily cases: 74

    Tests per 1,000: 2.1

    California: 7

    New daily cases: 8,021

    Tests per 1,000: 3.1

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    South Dakota: 6.9

    New daily cases: 44

    Tests per 1,000: 1.3

    Wisconsin: 6.7

    New daily cases: 1,059

    Tests per 1,000: 2.3

    North Carolina: 6.6

    New daily cases: 2,145

    Tests per 1,000: 2.7

    Virginia: 6.2

    New daily cases: 911

    Tests per 1,000: 2.1

    Maryland: 6

    New daily cases: 892

    Tests per 1,000: 2.5

    Oregon: 6

    New daily cases: 410

    Tests per 1,000: 1.4

    Pennsylvania: 5.9

    New daily cases: 868

    Tests per 1,000: 1.3

    Washington: 5.6

    New daily cases: 818

    Tests per 1,000: 1.9

    Rhode Island: 5.3

    New daily cases: 150

    Tests per 1,000: 2

    Minnesota: 4.8

    New daily cases: 745

    Tests per 1,000: 2.6

    Ohio: 4.7

    New daily cases: 1,733

    Tests per 1,000: 2.5

    Delaware: 4.6

    New daily cases: 87

    Tests per 1,000: 2.4

    Hawaii: 4.1

    New daily cases: 124

    Tests per 1,000: 1

    New Mexico: 4.1

    New daily cases: 252

    Tests per 1,000: 4.2

    Montana: 4

    New daily cases: 138

    Tests per 1,000: 3

    Illinois: 3.8

    New daily cases: 1,772

    Tests per 1,000: 2.9

    West Virginia: 3.3

    New daily cases: 98

    Tests per 1,000: 2.1

    Massachusetts: 2.8

    New daily cases: 0 

    Tests per 1,000: 2.1

    Alaska: 2.5

    New daily cases: 81

    Tests per 1,000: 6.9

    Michigan: 2.4

    New daily cases: 807

    Tests per 1,000: 3.2

    Washington, D.C.: 2.3

    New daily cases: 58

    Tests per 1,000: 4.2

    New Hampshire: 2.1

    New daily cases: 31

    Tests per 1,000: 1.1

    Connecticut: 1.6

    New daily cases: 130

    Tests per 1,000: 3.6

    New Jersey: 1.5

    New daily cases: 370

    Tests per 1,000: 3.2

    New York: 1

    New daily cases: 777

    Tests per 1,000: 3.3

    Maine: 0.9

    New daily cases: 22

    Tests per 1,000: 1.8

    Vermont: 0.4

    New daily cases: 1

    Tests per 1,000: 1.5