Fairbanks Coronavirus Rates Begin To Reel Out Of Control

Fairbanks Is Experiencing A "Positivity Rate" That's 7 Times The Alaska State Average & Rivals The Rate In Hard-Hit Texas...

Fairbanks Is Experiencing A "Positivity Rate" That's 7 Times The Alaska State Average & Rivals The Rate In Hard-Hit Texas As Of July 16, 2020

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The city of Fairbanks, North Pole, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough have asked local residents to use cloth face masks and public distancing to slow the spread of covid-19 in the Fairbanks area.

The numbers of ill people in Fairbanks have burgeoned over the past weeks. As of July 16th,  there were 237 local infections there that had been reported to the state. 

Throughout America, there is a constant ongoing analysis of something called the "positivity" rate. That means how many people of every 100 who have taken a test are found to test "positive." A "good" positivity rate is 1% or fewer -- meaning only one person out of a hundred people tested turn out to have the virus.

A "bad" positivity rate is like the rate in Fairbanks. On July 15th, Fairbanks' rate was 14%, meaning for every 100 people tested, 14 had the virus. This is around the same rate as some places in Texas, which are considered dangerously serious hotspots. An even worse virus testing number is what Florida is seeing: in some cases well over 20 people per hundred tested, or 20%, are sick with COVID-19.

The state average rate was around 1.85% on July 15th, the same day that Fairbanks hit 14%. Alaska's rate climbed to has climbed to 2.15% in the next 4 days. But it still shows just how irregular and dangerous the Fairbanks numbers are. 

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