Statewide NewsTexas COVID-19 Positivity Rate Lowest Since Start of Pandemic

After skyrocketing to a positivity rate of over 30 percent, the metric has fallen to an all-time low of just above two percent.
March 22, 2022
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Following a sharp spike during the wave of Omicron cases in January, the positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is at its lowest point since the state began collecting data in March 2020.

Statistics compiled by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are divided by molecular and antigen tests.

The positivity rate for molecular tests has generally stayed above four percent with the exception of the months between the vaccine rollout in early 2021 and July 2021 when cases of the Delta variant began spreading.

In June 2021, the positivity rate for molecular tests reached an all-time low of 2.83 percent.

Now, the metric has reached a new low of 2.18 percent.

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Likewise, the positivity rate for antigen tests has reached a new low of 1.44 percent, with the previous low of 1.95 percent occurring in June 2021.

While the two types of tests have followed similar trends throughout the pandemic, the positivity rate has typically been higher for molecular tests.

The positivity rate for molecular tests has seen five previous peaks: 12 percent in March 2020, 21 percent in July 2020, 21 percent in January 2021, 19 percent in July 2021, and 36 percent in January 2022.

The number of tests conducted on a daily basis was at its lowest at the beginning of the pandemic, but grew substantially in the first year of the pandemic and then fluctuated with the waves of cases.

With respect to other metrics, COVID-19 hospitalizations and fatalities as reported by DSHS have also declined significantly to nearly the same low seen before the wave of Delta cases.

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Daniel Friend is the Marketing and Media Manager for The Texan. After graduating with a double-major in Political Science and Humanities, he wrote for The Texan as a reporter through June 2022. In his spare time, you're likely to find him working on The Testimony of Calvin Lewis, an Abolition of Man-inspired novel and theatrical podcast.

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