At least 33 U.S. states have had more than five percent of all coronavirus tests come back positive, a new report reveals.
These states are mostly located in the south and west, while the northeast is populated with states with a positive test rate of 0.7 percent to 4.8 percent
Arizona currently leads the country with the highest positive rate of 22.7 percent, with at least 11 states also above 10 percent.
Many of these states were spared early in the pandemic, but were hit harder when they reopened and restrictions were lifted earlier
Vermont, meanwhile, has the lowest rate of 0.7 percent and is among the states that were hit hard early on, but enforce strict closings to cut things.
In addition, a number of states with high positive rates also have nursing homes with a stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) less than a week, such as N95 masks, surgical masks, and coats, raising fears that more nursing homes may experience outbreaks.
Currently, 33 states have at least 5% of all coronavirus tests positive, with Arizona having the highest rates and Vermont having the lowest (above)
Only one state and DC have no nursing homes without a weekly supply of dresses, and two states have less than 5% without a weekly supply of N95 masks. Pictured: A nurse cares for a coronavirus patient at ICU at El Centro Regional Medical Center in California, July 28
TOP 10 STATES WITH LOWEST POSITIVE TEST RATES …
3. New York
5. New Jersey
6. New Hampshire
… AND UNDER 10 STATES WITH HIGHEST POSITIVE TEST RATES
6. South Carolina
For the reportThe American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA / NCAL) collected data from Johns Hopkins University.
States were divided into three categories: positive test rates below five percent, between five percent and 9.9 percent, and 10 percent or more.
Researchers found that 33 states fell into the last two categories.
Arizona currently performs worst with 22.7 percent of tests returning positive, meaning at least one in five people tested has the virus.
Rounding out the ‘top five’ are three states in the south – Mississippi, Florida and Alabama – and one state in the west, Idaho.
Meanwhile, Vermont sees the best results with only 0.7 percent of tests returning positive.
Just behind it were four states in the northeast, the previous epicenter of the American pandemic: Maine, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey
On July 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all nursing homes in states were down by five percent positivity rate or higher is required to test staff weekly.
If that policy were to be implemented today, it would mean that 11,640 nursing homes in the United States would have to conduct such weekly tests.
State governors and health authorities, especially in these 33 states, must take immediate action to protect our seniors and heroes in healthcare by ensuring long-term facilities have adequate personal protective equipment and personnel support, and by accelerating test results for our residents and caregivers possible, ” said Mark Parkinson, CEO and President of AHCA / NCAL.
“We also need members of the public who are doing their bit to stop the spread by wearing a mask in public and continuing to practice social distance. We all have a duty to protect the largest generation of our country and their essential caretakers. ‘
New Hampshire had about half of most nursing homes without PPE without a week of N95 masks, surgical masks, and gowns, Image: Kay Foley, 88 (left) and her daughter Chris Coverdale kissing each other after an outdoor visit to Jones-Harrison nursing home Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 20
For the second half of the report, the team looked at a state breakdown of the percentage of nursing homes without a weekly supply of several PPEs.
As for N95 masks, only two states had less than five percent of nursing homes without a seven-day supply, Texas and Utah.
Thirty-six states had at least five percent of nursing homes without surgical masks for a week.
When it came to gowns, only one state, Alaska and Washington, DC, had no nursing homes without a week of supplies.
New Hampshire had the highest rate in all three categories, with about half of the 74 nursing homes lacking one-week PPE.