Special Report

How COVID-19 Is Being Underreported in Most States

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South Dakota
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 70 — 6th fewest (4.2% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 31 — 5th fewest (44.3% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 39 — 3rd fewest (55.7% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,292 per 100,000 residents — 24th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 13.9% — 14th highest
> Population density: 11.4 persons per square mile — 5th fewest

Tennessee
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 430 — 25th most (2.8% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 241 — 19th fewest (56.0% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 189 — 23rd most (44.0% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 4,984 per 100,000 residents — 9th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 5.3% — 13th lowest
> Population density: 160.6 persons per square mile — 17th most

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Texas
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 3,616 — 7th most (8.3% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,086 — 15th most (30.0% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 2,530 — 4th most (70.0% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,519 per 100,000 residents — 9th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 6.7% — 19th lowest
> Population density: 106.9 persons per square mile — 22nd most

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Utah
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 204 — 17th fewest (5.0% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 66 — 10th fewest (32.4% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 138 — 26th most (67.6% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 5,402 per 100,000 residents — 8th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 4.2% — 10th lowest
> Population density: 37.2 persons per square mile — 11th fewest

Vermont
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 232 — 19th fewest (17.3% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 53 — 8th fewest (22.8% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 179 — 25th most (77.2% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,804 per 100,000 residents — 17th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 3.9% — 9th lowest
> Population density: 65.1 persons per square mile — 21st fewest