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Worrisome Data as the Weather Turns: This Week in COVID-19 Data, Oct 8

An outbreak in the White House has turned attention away from the broader outlines of the pandemic. However, cases nationally rose for the fourth consecutive week and hospitalizations have followed, causing serious strain on some states’ health care systems.

By Nadia Zonis & Peter WalkerOctober 8, 2020

Test Positivity in the US Is a Mess

Interpreted correctly, test positivity can tell us so much that we need to know about COVID-19 outbreaks and testing in the United States. But we don’t publish test positivity calculations for US states and territories. Here’s why.

Good News in the Big Picture, but Regional and Weekly Views More Troubling: This Week in COVID-19 Data, Oct 1

Cases in the Dakotas and Wisconsin continue their troubling rise, but in September the average daily number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths fell nationwide. After a difficult summer, averaged metrics for August and September showed drops in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths at the national level. At the same time, indicators in a few states are ringing alarm bells, and this week’s data continues a three-week rise in cases, with hospitalizations starting to increase as well.

By Erin Kissane & Joanna PearlsteinOctober 1, 2020

Trends Improve Except in the Midwest: This Week in COVID-19 Data, Sep 24

The Midwest and certain Western states showed a rise in case numbers and an uptick in hospitalizations, even as other regions continued to decline. The US reported over 6 million weekly tests for the first time this year, though some states are now lumping antigen tests results into standard PCR test data.

By Peter Walker & Joanna PearlsteinSeptember 24, 2020

Test Positivity: So Valuable, So Easy to Misinterpret

Test positivity is extremely useful, but it has also become one of the most commonly misunderstood metrics for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we take a step back and look at what it really means.

Why The COVID Tracking Project’s Death Count Hasn’t Hit 200,000

Several sites tracking the progression of the virus hit a grim milestone today: more than 200,000 deaths since the pandemic began. Our figures haven’t yet reached that level. Here’s why.

By Sara SimonSeptember 22, 2020
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