i'm not an expert or anything, but i did take the raw data from the atlantic's covid tracking website & double check this... it looks like the south dakota dept of health is using # of cases/# of SAMPLES to determine test positivity, rather than new cases/# of people tested
if an avg of 2 samples are taken for each person, even if 100% of the people tested got a positive result, if you generate test positivity by # of positive cases/# samples, you can only ever get a result as high as 50% because 2 positive samples from 1 person is still just 1 case
anything above 5% test positivity rating is considered not good. multiple national covid data trackers are showing SD with test positivity WAY beyond the red zone - 36% yesterday!
but their state dept of health is showing numbers that aren't WRONG per se, but do seem misleading
anyway, the outbreak in the dakotas is one of the worst in the world and there is absolutely nothing to gain from pretending otherwise!

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