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TESTING & CONTACT TRACING STATS:
Pennsylvania scores 2/6 on our grading of how prepared a state is to test and trace today.
0.05227590817/1 of tests are positive (the target rate is <.03, aka <3%).
Pennsylvania has 0.6993006993 total contact tracers per daily positive test (target rate is >5)
Pennsylvania has hired 500 contact tracers, plans to hire a total of 600 contact tracers, and based on our modeling it needs to hire at least 3575 contact tracers.
You can view the stats for all states here.
The grading scale is based upon the knowledge that:
1. Countries with successful test and trace programs have less than 3% positive tests (meaning that they have enough testing capabilities to test aggressively)
2. A state needs ~5-15 contact tracers per daily positive test (contact tracers interview infected patients about who they’ve had close contact with, and then call those people to help them get tested and quarantined).
Overall Grading Scale: Conducted on a 6 point scale with a 6/6 meaning that a state meets the necessary testing availability and tracing team size benchmarks to successfully test and trace.
3 points for under 3% positive tests
2 point for 3-5.5% positive tests
1 point for 5.5-8% positive tests
0 points if over 8% positive tests
3 points for 5-15+ tracers per daily positive case
2 points for 2.5-5 tracers per daily positive case
1 point for 1-2.5 tracers per daily positive case
0 points for under 1 tracer per daily positive case
1. Our own outreach and direct contact with state health departments.
2. NPR’s contact tracing tracking initiative
3. Covid Tracking Project