Special Report

How COVID-19 Is Being Underreported in Most States

Oklahoma
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 129 — 12th fewest (1.9% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 266 — 21st fewest (206.2% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: none
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,557 per 100,000 residents — 21st most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 3.8% — 7th lowest
> Population density: 56.4 persons per square mile — 16th fewest

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Oregon
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 234 — 20th fewest (3.1% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 127 — 14th fewest (54.3% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 107 — 30th most (45.7% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,320 per 100,000 residents — 6th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 3.8% — 8th lowest
> Population density: 42.6 persons per square mile — 13th fewest

Pennsylvania
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 8,884 — 3rd most (26.2% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 3,688 — 5th most (41.5% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 5,196 — 2nd most (58.5% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,660 per 100,000 residents — 13th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 18.5% — 7th highest
> Population density: 278.1 persons per square mile — 9th most

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Rhode Island
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 175 — 13th fewest (7.7% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 418 — 23rd most (238.9% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: none
> Testing rate as of May 18: 10,913 per 100,000 residents — the most
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 11.1% — 18th highest
> Population density: 684.3 persons per square mile — 2nd most

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South Carolina
> Total excess deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 1,154 — 18th most (10.5% more than expected)
> Confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 330 — 25th fewest (28.6% of excess deaths)
> Excess deaths excluding confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Mar. 1 to May 9: 824 — 10th most (71.4% of excess deaths)
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,588 per 100,000 residents — 10th fewest
> Positive test rate as of May 18: 6.8% — 20th lowest
> Population density: 158.8 persons per square mile — 18th most