Special Report

How COVID-19 Is Being Underreported in Most States

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Massachusetts
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 5,895 — 5th most (33.4% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 4,840 — 3rd most (82.1% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,055 — 9th most (17.9% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 6,798 per 100,000 residents — 4th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 18.6% — 5th highest
> Population density: 654.0 persons per square mile — 3rd most

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Michigan
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 6,597 — 4th most (25.7% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 4,526 — 4th most (68.6% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 2,071 — 5th most (31.4% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 4,252 per 100,000 residents — 14th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 12.2% — 17th highest
> Population density: 103.4 persons per square mile — 24th most

Minnesota
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 760 — 20th most (7.9% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 558 — 19th most (73.4% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 202 — 22nd most (26.6% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,791 per 100,000 residents — 17th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 10.5% — 21st highest
> Population density: 64.5 persons per square mile — 20th fewest

Mississippi
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 877 — 19th most (12.4% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 421 — 22nd most (48.0% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 456 — 14th most (52.0% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,876 per 100,000 residents — 16th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 9.9% — 22nd highest
> Population density: 61.7 persons per square mile — 18th fewest

Missouri
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 738 — 21st most (5.5% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 472 — 21st most (64.0% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 266 — 20th most (36.0% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,515 per 100,000 residents — 8th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 7.1% — 23rd lowest
> Population density: 87.9 persons per square mile — 23rd fewest