In an indication that Covid-19 contagion has peaked over the past few days, data shows the disease positivity rate has increased around fourfold over the past four weeks. The infection rate positivity rate is obtained by dividing the total number of tests performed by the number of positive cases. This is an indication of the prevalence of the virus in the population at any given time and a rate positivity of five or more is considered alarming for Covid-19.
Data released by the Social Development for Communities (SDC) foundation shows the positivity rate was 3.52 from July 3-9. The state health department reported 337 new cases of the disease by performing 9,564 tests during that time. The following week (July 10 to 16) the department detected 598 cases by doing 9,370 tests with a positivity rate of 6.38. In the week corresponding to July 17 to 23, the positivity rate jumped further to 10.37 (1,160 cases out of 11,185 tests). During the week ending July 30, the state health department reported 1,860 new cases of the disease by performing 12,555 tests with a positivity rate of 14.5. The number of active cases of the disease has also seen a steady increase over the past three to four weeks. In the week ending July 9, the number of active cases was 361, which rose to 577 and 1,040 in the following two weeks. During the week ending July 30, the number of active cases rose to 1,553.
SDC Foundation founder Anoop Nautiyal said an increase in the positivity rate is of great concern and authorities should continue to closely monitor the situation and ensure compliance in testing, treatment and implementation. of appropriate Covid behavior.