Great sleuthing Mr. EvaE. It builds confidence that the data above is consistent with the data I generated for contraction rate (except that the data above breaks it down by million population rather my hundred thousand population, it is still consistent).
So I entered the testing rate above into my data sheet and broke it down by tests per one hundred thousand population per State. The hypothesis that the more testing a State does, the more C-19 virus you will find and that proved to be generally true. You be the judge:
VIRUS TESTING RATE PER 100,000 POPULATION BY STATE
1. New York = 1550/100K
2. Louisiana = 1311/100K
3. Washington = 1156/100K
4. Vermont = 1097/100K
5. Mass. = 1042/100K
At the other end of the scale
1. Oklahoma = 66/100K
2. Miss. = 240/100K
3. Texas = 244/100K
4. Georgia = 262/100K
5. Alabama = 266/100K
The conclusion (and generalizing) is that "blue' States tend to be more proactive in identifying and dealing with virus identification. And contrary, (again generalizing) "red" States are taking the Alfred E. Newman approach, "What, Me Worry?" It is shocking that Oklahoma is not putting much effort in identifying the virus. No wonder the are shutting down hospitals and furloughing medical staff! "I have my eyes shut and I can't see anything
) I suspect that these States that are doing so little testing have a much bigger virus contamination than they expect and will have a real problem in a week or two!
The median testing rate for all States is about 500/100K. Although California is ranked at about the middle in contraction rate, the thing that really stands out is that California is currently testing at 295/100K, near the bottom of the testing rate. The Governor says we can't get testing kits. Hospital staff is telling my family with symptoms that they don't have any testing kits, and I have applied on-line for a test because of my age and some underlying health issues (but admittedly no known symptoms) and I have been told I don't qualify - they say they the kits are in short supply and they are rationing them to those who are MOST symptomatic! What's going on? I fear that California has a much higher infection rate than is currently being reported because of lack of testing.
Regarding D.C., they are testing at 976/100K, up at the top, right behind Mass. So yes, the politicians are making sure they are taking care of themselves and it is working!
I would be interested in hearing Mr. EvaE's take on all this because he appears to be a fellow nerd