As of March 7, 2022, KPRC 2 will no longer be tracking daily coronavirus statistics through its current articles, charts and graphics as it relates to the two-year pandemic starting in 2020. However, if there are new COVID-19 variants, upticks in cases or other newsworthy developments as it relates to the coronavirus, the station will begin a new effort to document the latest information and statistics.
HOUSTON – As coronavirus testing continues in Texas, some have wondered how the number of tests being performed compares to the number of cases reported in the state.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 41 million tests were performed in the state since the pandemic began. More than 3 million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state. That works out to an overall positivity rate of about 8.26% as of March 2 The first chart below shows that data.
On Dec. 11, DSHS once again changed the way that the positivity rate for the state is calculated. The new method splits the positivity rate by the types of tests -- molecular or antigen -- that are being performed and bases the rate on the date the sample for the test was collected. This means that the rate for any particular day could change based on when a test sample was collected. As of March 2, the molecular positivity rate was 4.81% and the antigen positivity rate was 2.24%.
Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.