Special Report

How COVID-19 Is Being Underreported in Most States

Kansas
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 190 — 15th fewest (3.6% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 172 — 16th fewest (90.5% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 18 — 2nd fewest (9.5% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,301 per 100,000 residents — 4th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 12.4% — 16th highest
> Population density: 35.4 persons per square mile — 10th fewest

Kentucky
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 384 — 25th fewest (3.9% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 304 — 24th fewest (79.2% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 80 — 19th fewest (20.8% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,250 per 100,000 residents — 25th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 5.5% — 14th lowest
> Population density: 110.6 persons per square mile — 21st most

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Louisiana
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 2,524 — 10th most (22.0% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 2,194 — 8th most (86.9% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 330 — 17th most (13.1% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 5,789 per 100,000 residents — 6th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 12.9% — 15th highest
> Population density: 89.0 persons per square mile — 25th fewest

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Maine
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 62 — 5th fewest (2.1% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 64 — 9th fewest (103.2% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: none
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,596 per 100,000 residents — 11th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 4.9% — 12th lowest
> Population density: 37.8 persons per square mile — 12th fewest

Maryland
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 2,698 — 9th most (21.5% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,510 — 11th most (56.0% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,188 — 8th most (44.0% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,426 per 100,000 residents — 23rd most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 19.3% — 4th highest
> Population density: 487.1 persons per square mile — 5th most