One way to determine the next hot spots for the coronavirus outbreak is the rate of positive results in coronavirus tests.
If the rate of positive tests is high, it’s a sign that the infection is rampant in a population. New York and New Jersy, for example, have rates in mid-30% range.
Now, the rates in several other states are ticking upward. MSN News reports:
The rate of positive coronavirus tests suggests that the next “hot spots” could include Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Illinois, said White House virus task-force coordinator Deborah Birx.
“Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois — that should tell you where the next hot sports are coming — are at 15% test positive,” she added. “And then Colorado, D.C., Rhode Island and Massachusetts are at 13%.”
Those increased rates are happening as more testing is occurring after weeks of delays.
Hospitals in those states have had more time than New York – let’s hope they’ve taken advantage of it.
The news isn’t all bad though:
Birx said there are “a high level of negatives in states without hot spots.”
“California and Washington remain steady at an 8% rate,” she added.
“So what we’re seeing, finally, is testing improving, more testing being done,” she said.
Let’s hope the rest of the country follows suit.