Updated: Jun 16, 2020
Key Updates for Week 16, ending April 18, 2020
Levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) declined again and are below the national baseline but remain elevated in the northeast and northwest of the country. Levels of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 activity remained similar to, or decreased slightly, compared to last week. Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week but remains significantly elevated and may increase as additional death certificates are counted.
The national percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 at public health, clinical and commercial laboratories remained similar to, or decreased slightly from, week 15 to week 16 and is as follows:
Public health laboratories – increased from 17.8% during week 15 to 18.8% during week 16;
Clinical laboratories – decreased from 11.3% during week 15 to 9.6% during week 16;
Commercial laboratories – decreased from 22.8% during week 15 to 19.7% during week 16.
Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Network (ILINet) and National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP)
Two indicators from existing surveillance systems are being monitored to track outpatient or emergency department (ED) visits for potential COVID-19 illness.
Nationally, the percentages of visits for ILI and COVID-19-like illness (CLI) decreased compared to last week and levels of ILI are now below baseline.
Recent changes in health care seeking behavior are likely impacting data from both networks, making it difficult to draw further conclusions at this time. Tracking these systems moving forward will give additional insight into illness related to COVID-19.
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