Both the number of new and all cases are a function of testing — the more tests completed, the more cases are identified, traced and, ideally, isolated. Mississippi has been and continues to be ahead of the national curve for testing, according to nationwide data aggregated by The COVID Tracking Project. Daily analysis puts Mississippi around between 12th and 15th most total tests per capita in the nation. But daily tests, according to the data available from the health department, have begun to decline. Averaged over the last two weeks the daily test count has decreased slightly in the last few days. A new Harvard study suggests states should reach 152 daily tests per 100,000 people to have a safe barometer of statewide COVID identification. Over the last full week of April, Mississippi averaged about 2,000 tests per day, or 71 per 100,000. On April 27, the health department loosened testing guidelines for state-sponsored testing pop-ups, aiming to increase testing coverage for those who’ve been exposed to the virus or are showing light symptoms, no longer exclusive to those with fevers.
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