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While COVID-19 positivity rate is slowly on the decline in North Texas, 10 counties remain above 10%

While the outlying North Texas counties have had less of a recent COVID-19 spike than the larger counties in the area, many have a larger positivity rate.

Lamar, Palo Pinto and Erath counties currently have the highest positivity rates in North Texas, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The positivity rate is the percentage of total COVID-19 tests conducted that are positive. 

In September, Gov. Greg Abbott said a rate above 10% is a "warning flag."

When a county has a higher positivity rate, additional cases aren't solely due to an increase in testing.

The Texas positivity rate, based on specimen collection date, is currently 12%.

Dallas and Tarrant counties have positivity rates above 10%.

All data is based on statistics gathered from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Lamar County

Lamar County currently has a positivity rate of 21%. The record-high happened on Oct. 20 at 33%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 22%. The record happened from Oct. 18–24 when the average was 32%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Palo Pinto County

Palo Pinto County currently has a positivity rate of 12%. The record-high happened on April 21 and April 22 at 64%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 12%. The record happened from April 21–27 when the average was 41%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Erath County

Erath County currently has a positivity rate of 12%. The record-high happened on July 25 at 15%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 12%. The record happened from Sept. 13–19 when the average was 14%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Henderson County

Henderson County currently has a positivity rate of 12%. The record-high happened on July 31 at 21%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 11%. The record happened from July 30 to Aug 5 when the average was 20%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Navarro County

Navarro County currently has a positivity rate of 11%. The record-high happened on July 30 at 30%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 11%. The record happened from July 28 to Aug. 3 when the average was 29%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Tarrant County

Tarrant County currently has a positivity rate of 11%. The record-high happened on Aug. 1 at 15%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 11%. The record happened from July 30 to Aug. 5 when the average was 15%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Van Zandt County

Van Zandt County currently has a positivity rate of 11%. The record-high happened on April 21 at 16%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 10%. The record happened from Sept. 13–19 when the average was 13%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Comanche County

Comanche County currently has a positivity rate of 10%. The record-high happened on April 22 at 17%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 11%. The record happened from Aug. 14–20 when the average was 13%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Dallas County

Dallas County currently has a positivity rate of 10%. The record-high happened on Aug. 1 at 15%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 10%. The record happened from July 26 to Aug. 1 when the average was 15%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Parker County

Parker County currently has a positivity rate of 10%. The record-high happened on Sept. 1 at 15%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 10%. The record happened from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6 when the average was 15%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Anderson County

Anderson County currently has a positivity rate of 9%. The record-high happened on June 19 at 37%. This is in large part due to a data dump of 887 new COVID-19 cases that happened on June 16.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 9%. The record happened from June 16–22 when the average was 34%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Kaufman County

Kaufman County currently has a positivity rate of 9%. The record-high happened on Aug. 1 at 17%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 9%. The record happened from Aug. 6–12 when the average was 17%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Johnson County

Johnson County currently has a positivity rate of 9%. The record-high happened on Aug. 12 at 11%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 8%. The record happened from Aug. 18–24 when the average was 11%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Red River County

Red River County currently has a positivity rate of 8%. The record-high happened on May 15 at 32%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 9%. The record happened from May 12–18 when the average was 27%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Ellis County

Ellis County currently has a positivity rate of 8%. The record-high happened on July 31 at 12%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 8%. The record happened from July 26 to Aug. 1 when the average was 12%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Rockwall County

Rockwall County currently has a positivity rate of 8%. The record-high happened on May 6 at 12%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 8%. The record happened from April 28 to May 4 when the average was 11%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Grayson County

Grayson County currently has a positivity rate of 8%. The record-high happened on Sept. 2 at 9%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 8%. The record happened from Sept. 1–7 when the average was 9%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Hood County

Hood County currently has a positivity rate of 7%. The record-high happened on Aug. 7 at 17%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 7%. The record happened from Aug. 2–8 when the average was 17%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Fannin County

Fannin County currently has a positivity rate of 7%. The record-high happened on Sept. 15 at 14%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 8%. The record happened from Sept. 11–17 when the average was 14%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Hunt County

Hunt County currently has a positivity rate of 7%. The record-high happened on Aug. 6 at 20%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 7%. The record happened from July 31 to Aug. 6 when the average was 20%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Denton County

Denton County currently has a positivity rate of 7%. The record-high happened on April 23 at 14%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 7%. The record happened from Apr. 21–27 when the average was 12%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Wise County

Wise County currently has a positivity rate of 6%. The record-high happened on Aug. 22 at 8%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 6%. The record happened from Aug. 20–26 when the average was 8%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Hill County

Hill County currently has a positivity rate of 6%. The record-high happened on July 29 at 16%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 6%. The record happened from July 25–31 when the average was 15%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Cooke County

Cooke County currently has a positivity rate of 6%. The record-high happened on Sept. 29 at 7%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 6%. The record happened from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 when the average was 7%.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Collin County

Collin County currently has a positivity rate of 5%. The record-high happened on April 21 at 12%.

The county's current seven-day average positivity rate is 5%. The record happened from April 21–27 when the average was 11%.

Credit: Jay Wallis