HOUSTON – As coronavirus testing continues to increase in Texas, some have wondered how the number of tests being performed compares to the number of cases reported in the state.
According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, there have been more than 1.92 million viral tests performed in the state since the pandemic began. More than 168,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state. That works out to an overall positivity rate of about 8.04%. The first chart below shows that data.
The 7-day positivity rate in the state is 13.58%, according to DHHS. The second chart below shows that data starting June 1.
On May 21, Texas health officials disclosed that about 6% of the coronavirus tests that have been performed were actually antibody tests instead of active infections.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said specialized strike teams will be used to help control any outbreaks of the coronavirus that happen as the state’s economy reopens.
Harris County leads the state in the number of coronavirus cases being reported at more than 30,000.
You can view the current positivity rate for the Greater Houston area here.