More than 1 in 4 Coronavirus Tests in Arizona Come Back Positive as U.S. Positivity Rate Climbs

In Arizona, the testing positivity rate for the new coronavirus has recently increased, and more than one in four tests have come back as positive.

According to a tracker published by Johns Hopkins University, Arizona currently has a seven-day moving average testing positivity rate of 26.8 percent. In Arizona, there are currently over 105,000 confirmed cases, as well as at least 1,927 deaths. On Tuesday, the state's department of health reported 3,563 new cases and 117 deaths.

The surge in cases of the virus in Arizona previously prompted Governor Doug Ducey to roll back the state's loosening of restrictions that were put in place to curb the spread.

"We can pump the brakes in Arizona," Ducey said during a press conference in June. "This is the time to act and save as many Arizona lives as possible."

Ducey's decision closed bars, gyms and restaurants, which were previously allowed to open, as the state moved through its phased reopening plan.

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A nurse holds a nasal swab after testing a patient for coronavirus at a COVID-19 testing center on July 7, in Austin, Texas. In Arizona, more than one in four coronavirus tests have come back positive. Sergio Flores/Getty

In addition to Arizona, several other states, such as, Florida and South Carolina have also seen an increase in their testing positivity rates.

Behind Arizona is Florida, which has the second highest testing positivity rate in the U.S. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, that state currently has a testing positivity rate of 18.9 percent.

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 7,361 newly confirmed cases of the virus, marking the 14th consecutive day the state has seen over 5,000 confirmed cases. The state's department of health also reported 63 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state's total numbers to at least 213,794 confirmed cases and 3,841 deaths.

According to the tracker from Johns Hopkins University, South Carolina has the third highest testing positivity rate of 16.9 percent.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Department of Health reported 934 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as 19 deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, South Carolina has reported 47,214 confirmed cases and 838 deaths.

Other states, including Texas, Nevada, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi have all reported testing positivity rates over 10 percent.

In addition to the increasing positivity rate across several states, the U.S. as a whole has also seen a rise in the rate of positive tests. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the U.S. currently has a testing positivity rate of 8.0 percent, which is an increase from previous weeks. In mid-June, the positivity rate dipped to its lowest percent of 4.3 but this number has since increased.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, continues to spread throughout the U.S., which has remained the virus' epicenter for several months. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are currently over 2.9 million confirmed cases, as well as at least 131,521 deaths.

Newsweek reached out to the departments of health in Arizona, Florida and South Carolina for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.