Data collection and technology blamed for different trends in state and local coronavirus positivity rates

Positivity rates: State average up, local numbers down
Positivity rates: State average up, local numbers down

HOUSTON – While local statistics show an apparent downturn for the COVID-19 positivity rate, the same rate at the state level continues to rise.

On Monday, medical experts said answering the “why” is not easy, partly because how the state collects its data, which also hasn’t been easy.

A positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for a virus. The COVID-19 positivity rate is the number of new daily cases divided by the number of daily viral test results. As KPRC 2 reported, the state positivity rate continues to climb, medical leaders are not sure why that’s the case.

READ: Medical leaders not clear why COVID-19 positivity rate climbing in Texas

As of Monday, the statewide positivity rate is 20.99%.

The Texas Department of State Health Services publishes the state’s positivity rate daily, among other key metrics used to gauge COVID-19′s grip.

As for the month of August, the state health department reports the following:

Aug. 9: 20.99%

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