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Weekly Butler County COVID-19 Epidemiology Report

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Butler County COVID-19 Weekly Update

The COVID-19 positivity rate (the number of positive tests compared to the overall amount of COVID-19 tests  completed) went up to 15.58%, one of the highest 7-day positivity rates seen in the entire pandemic.

At the same time, CDC and CMS data show that testing volume decreased dramatically in the time period. This means that less people were getting tested, and a higher proportion of those getting tested were ill.

Hospitalizations increased as well indicated that there was underreporting of non-hospitalized infections. This is typical for long weekends and holidays. We should expect an increase in cases in the following week to make up for the backlog of testing, and in the coming weeks we may see an increase in cases due to social gatherings.