Key Updates for Week 27, ending July 4, 2020
The overall percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 decreased from week 26 (9.2%) to week 27 (8.8%) nationally but increased in five regions. National percentages of specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 by type of laboratory:
• Public health laboratories – decreased from 6.4% during week 26 to 6.0% during week 27;
• Clinical laboratories – increased from 5.7% during week 26 to 8.0% during week 27;
• Commercial laboratories – decreased from 9.9% during week 26 to 9.4% during week 27.
Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 6.9% during
week 26 to 5.5% during week 27, representing the eleventh week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC.
The percentage is currently below the epidemic threshold but will likely change as more death certificates are processed, particularly for recent weeks.