Special Report

How COVID-19 Is Being Underreported in Most States

New Mexico
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 373 — 24th fewest (9.0% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 191 — 17th fewest (51.2% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 182 — 24th most (48.8% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 6,568 per 100,000 residents — 5th most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 4.4% — 11th lowest
> Population density: 17.2 persons per square mile — 6th fewest

New York
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 35,641 — the most (54.3% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 26,584 — the most (74.6% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 9,057 — the most (25.4% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 7,233 per 100,000 residents — 3rd most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 24.8% — 2nd highest
> Population density: 358.2 persons per square mile — 7th most

North Carolina
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to Apr. 25: 88 — 10th fewest (1.1% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to Apr. 25: 300 — 22nd fewest (340.9% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to Apr. 25: none
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,463 per 100,000 residents — 7th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 7.4% — 25th lowest
> Population density: 192.9 persons per square mile — 14th most

Source: Pool / Getty Images News via Getty Images

North Dakota
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 24 — 3rd fewest (1.8% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 35 — 6th fewest (145.8% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: none
> Testing rate as of May 18: 7,441 per 100,000 residents — 2nd most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 3.4% — 5th lowest
> Population density: 10.8 persons per square mile — 4th fewest

Ohio
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,765 — 13th most (6.7% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,331 — 14th most (75.4% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 434 — 15th most (24.6% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,310 per 100,000 residents — 5th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 10.5 — 19th highest
> Population density: 260.8 persons per square mile — 10th most