The seven day positivity rate in Texas has dropped to 16.08%, according to the latest data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The positivity rate in the state has been over 20% for the past week.
During a news conference in Lubbock on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott said that Texas DSHS is looking into why the positivity rate has been so high recently.
“First, during the month of July, there were several surge testing operations where we dramatically increased the amount of testing in different regions at different periods of time. And that led to a very abundant, number of tests that were done,” Abbott said. “At the same time, however, we saw a lot of people, a lot of residents in different regions, step toward wanting to get tested. We have observed for the past couple of weeks, a decline in the number of people stepping forward to get tested.”
Texas DSHS reported 6,755 new cases on Thursday afternoon, with 255 new fatalities linked to Covid-19. There are 513,575 total cases in the state and 9,289 total deaths.
The latest report also shows a total of 128,526 active cases statewide.
Remember: The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested. So, as more and more people are being tested, the focus is shifting to the positivity rate — how many of those tested are actually infected.
Note: These numbers were released by the Texas Department of State Health Services and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.