The growth in testing was almost destined to lead to a growth in discovered cases, but the percentage of tests returning positive, a reliable indicator of the direction the pandemic is heading, is also increasing, but not as dramatically. The 7-day average positivity rate fell from 3.36% to 6.67% in October alone. At the peak of April, when testing was scarce but the virus was ubiquitous, more than 22% of COVID-19 tests returned a positive result.
The current growth in cases and positive tests comes despite repeated warnings from public health officials and Governor Jared Polis that the pandemic is not yet behind the state and that wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing remain essential strategies to keep the virus in place. check and the open economy.
Polis will try again on Tuesday, with a briefing for the state at 12:30 p.m. with patients who have survived the disease.