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Think positive: Key data point in COVID-19 fight is headed down in Colorado

Months into the state's fight against the deadly virus, more tests have resulted in the rate of positive tests going down. That's a good thing.

DENVER — As Colorado’s testing numbers slowly creep up past the 3,000-per-day mark, the percentage of tests leading to a positive result is continuing to go down.

That’s a good thing.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Monday said 8.16% of all tests done in the previous 24 hours had come back positive.

Tuesday, CDPHE reported 7.06% of tests had come back positive. That was the lowest positivity rate recorded by CDPHE since the start of testing in early March.

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For comparison, on April 15, more than 25% of all tests done in the previous 24 hours came back positive.

Credit: CDPHE
CDPHE outlines the positivity data, in red, daily on its COVID-19 update page.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set 10% as a benchmark for governments to hit as they seek indicators that enough testing is being performed in a particular area.

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The more tests you do, presumably, the fewer tests come back positive — if, of course, the virus has slowed spreading.

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