COVID-19 is seeing a small increase in Highland County, according to the revamped The New York Times COVID-19 Tracker.
The tracker, which was last updated on April 24, said that for the week of April 14-20, Highland County had a daily average of two cases of COVID-19 per day. The tracker reported that this was a 226 percent increase compared to two weeks ago, when the daily average for the week of March 31 through April 6 was less than one.
The tracker said that for the week of April 13-19, the weekly cases were also up for a total of 39 new cases, which was a reported 39 percent increase compared to two weeks prior, when the new cases were at 28.
The tracker also said that Highland County saw its first death from COVID-19 in weeks, as during the week of April 13-19, the county tallied one death. It said that the county hadn’t reported a death due to COVID-19 since the week of March 9-15, with this being tied for the county’s highest weekly death total since the week of May 5-11, 2022, when the total was two for that week.
Despite the previous statistics, according to the tracker, test positivity is at one of its lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic. The tracker said that average test positivity for the week of April 13-19 was at 3.2 percent, which is the county’s lowest test positivity rate since the week of April 14-20 when the rate was at 2.3 percent.
Concerning the U.S. as a whole, The New York Times COVID-19 Tracker said that every measurement was on the decline. Those decreased included the weekly case rate and the weekly deaths both fell the most, as the former dropped 23 percent from two weeks ago to 94,140 for the week of April 13 through April 19. It also said the latter fell 34 percent from two weeks ago, now at 1,160 deaths for the week of April 13 through April 19.
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