Special Report

How COVID-19 Is Being Underreported in Most States

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Virginia
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 2,063 — 12th most (13.0% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 827 — 18th most (40.1% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,236 — 7th most (59.9% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,286 per 100,000 residents — 3rd fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 15.2% — 11th highest
> Population density: 199.1 persons per square mile — 13th most

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Washington
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 710 — 22nd most (5.9% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 902 — 17th most (127.0% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: none
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,785 per 100,000 residents — 18th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 6.5% — 17th lowest
> Population density: 105.7 persons per square mile — 23rd most

West Virginia
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 360 — 23rd fewest (9.5% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 53 — 8th fewest (14.7% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 307 — 18th most (85.3% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 4,211 per 100,000 residents — 15th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 2.0% — 4th lowest
> Population density: 74.5 persons per square mile — 22nd fewest

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Wisconsin
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 650 — 23rd most (5.7% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 398 — 24th most (61.2% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 252 — 21st most (38.8% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,704 per 100,000 residents — 15th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 8.1% — 24th highest
> Population density: 88.8 persons per square mile — 24th fewest

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Wyoming
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 83 — 9th fewest (8.7% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 7 — the fewest (8.4% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 76 — 18th fewest (91.6% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,807 per 100,000 residents — 18th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 3.5% — 6th lowest
> Population density: 5.9 persons per square mile — 2nd fewest