Sunday, November 08, 2020

November 8 COVID-19 Test Results; Hospitalizations almost 57,000

by Calculated Risk on 11/08/2020 08:23:00 PM

Note: I look forward to when I will not be posting this daily!

The US is now averaging close to 1 million tests per day. Based on the experience of other countries, for adequate test-and-trace (and isolation) to reduce infections, the percent positive needs to be well under 5% (probably close to 1%), so the US still needs to increase the number of tests per day significantly (or take actions to push down the number of new infections).

There were 881,251 test results reported over the last 24 hours.

There were 102,588 positive tests. This is a Sunday reporting record.

Almost 7,500 US deaths have been reported so far in November. See the graph on US Daily Deaths here.

COVID-19 Tests per Day Click on graph for larger image.

This data is from the COVID Tracking Project.

The percent positive over the last 24 hours was 11.6% (red line is 7 day average).

For the status of contact tracing by state, check out

And check out COVID Exit Strategy to see how each state is doing.

COVID-19 Positive Tests per DayThe second graph shows the 7 day average of positive tests reported and daily hospitalizations.

The dashed line is the previous hospitalization maximum.

Note that there were very few tests available in March and April, and many cases were missed, so the hospitalizations was higher relative to the 7-day average of positive tests in July. 

Now, there are many more tests, and many cases are being detected earlier - so hospitalizations have lagged. However, it is likely that hospitalizations will be at a new high in a few days.

This is a new record 7-day average cases for the USA.