COVID-19 testing: Where Michigan ranks, positive test rates
DETROIT – Michigan has ramped up testing in recent weeks, but how has that impacted the positive test rate? In the last two weeks, the average positive test rate was 3.1 percent. Between June 14 - June 28, the positive test rate was 2.4 percent. (MDHHS)So, testing has increased, along with the positive test rate. Despite the increases in cases, it’s a far cry from rates in early-to-mid April, when positive test rates were 30 percent.
COVID-19 testing: Where Michigan ranks compared to other states
While Michigan’s overall tests continue to increase, the rate of testing compared to the population isn’t increasing rapidly. Whitmer points to hopeful signs in Michigan’s COVID-19 fightAs of April 21, Michigan reported 121,298 total tests, which is the 11th most total tests in the U.S. But when compared to tests per 1 million (population), Michigan falls to 25th, with 12,182 tests at that rate. State officials, echoed by many other states, say the federal government needs to play a role in helping states ramp up testing to an acceptable level. Specifically, states say they need help with supplies, like swabs.