Positive COVID-19 tests increase in every region: 4 CDC findings

Every region of the U.S. is seeing an increase in the percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for COVID-19, according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report. 

Four updates:

1. Surveillance: The national percentage of positive COVID-19 specimens increased to 7.1 percent in the week ending Oct. 24, up from 6.6 percent a week prior. Test positivity increased for all age groups and in every HHS surveillance region.

2. Outpatient activity: The national percentage of emergency room or outpatient visits for flu- or COVID-19-like symptoms has increased since mid-September. Regionally, this figure increased in five regions — New England, New Jersey/New York, Midwest, Central and Mountain — and remained stable in the remaining five regions in the week ending Oct. 24. 

3. Mortality: About 8.2 percent of deaths nationwide were attributed to flu, pneumonia or COVID-19 in the week ending Oct. 24. This figure is declining but still above the epidemic threshold, which hovers around 6 percent. 

4. Hospitalizations: The cumulative hospitalization rate for all age groups increased to 199.8 per 100,000 population in the week ending Oct. 24, up from 193.7 per 100,000 the week prior. 

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