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COVID-19: Here's Where NY Ranks For Lowest Positivity Rate Among 50 States, DC

New York is among the nation's leaders in COVID-19 positivity rate. Photo Credit: Johns Hopkins
New York is among the nation's leaders in COVID-19 positivity rate. Photo Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo via Twitter

New York State continues to be among the nation’s leaders in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University’s Resource Center, it was determined that with a 1.39 percent positive COVID-19 infection rate, New York has the second-lowest positivity rate in the country.

Only Maine had a lower infection rate at 0.77 percent.

New York is one of 16 states that currently meet the World Health Organization’s positivity rate standard of having an infection rate of 5 percent or lower for at least 14 days. Thirty-six states and territories do not meet that threshold.

According to Johns Hopkins University, “it is important to track the testing that states are doing to diagnose people with COVID-19 infection in order to gauge the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and to know whether enough testing is occurring.

“When states report the number of COVID-19 tests performed, this should include the number of viral tests performed and the number of patients for which these tests were performed.” 

To view data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, click here.

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