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Counties with the highest, lowest COVID positivity


Last updated 9/23/2020 at 1:13pm

For the first time since America's COVID-19 outbreak started, a federal public health agency released county-level testing data. On Sept. 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a dataset showing COVID-19 test positivity rates broken out by U.S. county. While this dataset has not been highly publicized, it provides key information about the state of COVID-19 testing and outbreak control across the country.

A test positivity rate describes the percentage of tests conducted in a particular area that return a positive result. For example, if 1,000 people in a New Yo...

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