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Positivity rates increasing all over Acadiana

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 17:51:40-05

COVID cases are spiking all over the country, and Acadiana is no different.

Figures from the state Department of Health show that the percent of COVID tests that have been positive has been increasing in all parishes. The state's COVID dashboard updates percent positivity rates every Wednesday, offering figures for two weeks at a time.

The CDC and most epidemiologists say a positivity rate of 10 percent or less is what regions should aim for; CDC guidance allows the move from Phase II restrictions to Phase III restrictions after a region (state) has reported percent positivity rates lower than 10 percent for two consecutive weeks.

In Louisiana, positivity rates above 10 percent for two consecutive weeks means a parish's bars have to close to on-site consumption.

"Should any parish that opts in then subsequently exceed 10 percent positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in that parish shall then be closed for on-premises consumption, unless and until the percent positivity decreases to 5 percent or less for two consecutive weeks," the governor's order states.

The only parish in that boat today is Evangeline.

Here are the numbers for Acadiana's parishes:

Acadia: Positivity rates have increased 31.3 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 8 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 10.5 percent

Calcasieu: Positivity rates have increased 25.5 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 9.8 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 12.3 percent

Evangeline: Positivity rates have decreased 2.9 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 10.4 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 10.1 percent

Iberia: Positivity rates have increased 145.7 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 4.6 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 11.3 percent

Jeff Davis: Positivity rates have increased 116.7 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 4.2 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 9.1 percent

Lafayette: Positivity rates have increased 114.9 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 4.7 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 10.10 percent

St. Landry: Positivity rates have increased 69.2 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 6.5 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 11 percent

St. Martin: Positivity rates have increased 22.4 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 9.8 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 12.0 percent

St. Mary: Positivity rates have increased 141.7 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 3.6 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 8.7 percent

Vermilion: Positivity rates have increased 69.8 percent between the past two weeks.
The positive rate for the 10/29-11/4 week was 4.3 percent.
The positive rate for the 11/5-11/11 week was 7.3 percent

Here are the positive rates for Acadiana's parishes for the weeks of October 8-14 and October 15-21, respectively:
Acadia: 6.7 percent; 6.0 percent
Calcasieu: 8.9 percent; 7.5 percent
Evangeline: 3.0 percent; 2.7 percent
Iberia: 3.4 percent; 3.4 percent
Jeff Davis: 3.7 percent; 4.6 percent
Lafayette: 4.5 percent; 3.9 percent
St. Landry: 5.1 percent; 5.6 percent
St. Martin: 5.2 percent; 7.9 percent
St. Mary: 4.2 percent; 3.0 percent
Vermilion: 2.9 percent; 4.2 percent