Texas Still In Better Shape Than New York During COVID-19
Coronavirus cases in Texas have seen a steady rise over the month of June in 2020. However, COVID-19 has not had too negative an effect relative to the health of the state population as a whole.
According to the Texas Department of State and Health Services, about 2.3 million tests have been given out and about 8.5% of those results have come back positive. That’s about 195,000 positive test results as of July 4, 2020.
With a state population of about 29 million people, about 0.67% have tested positive for Coronavirus since testing results started being documented by Texas on April 21st. About 4.2% of statewide positive cases have required hospitalization. That’s just over 8000 people. And just about 1.35% of positive cases have resulted in fatalities. That’s about 2637 deaths or 0.01% of the Texas population.
In contrast, the state of New York, once considered an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, has fared much worse than Texas.
According to New York’s State Department of Health, close to 4.2 million tests have been distributed, about 9.4% percent of which have come back positive. That’s about 397,000 positive test results as of July 4, 2020, more than half of those positive results coming from New York City alone.
With a state population of about 19.5 million people, about 2% have tested positive for Coronavirus, more than double the positive percentage rate of Texas.
Of the New York statewide positive test results, 29,579 fatalities have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s about 7.5% of positive cases in New York state, close to 0.15% of the New York state population, and roughly 15 times the amount of COVID-19 deaths in Texas relative to state population.