pos·​i·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌpä-zə-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce positivity (audio) \
plural positivities

Definition of positivity

1 : the quality or state of being positive
2 : something that is positive

Examples of positivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The state’s testing positivity rate declined again Saturday to 3.44%, the fourth consecutive day the rate has fallen. John O'connor, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland COVID cases and testing positivity continue to decline as hospitalizations rise slightly," 8 May 2021 Test results for 6,180 residents were reported Saturday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 3.69%. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "COVID in Florida: 3,977 new cases, 65 more deaths reported Saturday," 8 May 2021 Statewide, the latest positivity rate reported Saturday for Friday’s test results by the Florida Department of Health was 4.67%, but that’s for new cases only and excludes anyone who previously tested positive. Nelly Ontiveros, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida reports 3,977 new COVID-19 infections, 65 more resident fatalities," 8 May 2021 Michigan had a positivity rate of 7.47% Friday, reporting that 2,408 of 32,254 diagnostic test results were positive. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan reports 1,825 new COVID-19 cases, 122 deaths Saturday," 8 May 2021 While the Latino community has consistently had the highest positivity rate across the city, more recently the highest number of cases and death have been in the Black community. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago street vendor in ICU after contracting the coronavirus days before getting a vaccine: ‘It’s the most vulnerable that keep getting infected.’," 8 May 2021 Connecticut on Friday reported another significant drop in coronavirus hospitalizations, plus a daily positivity rate low enough to push the weekly average back below 2%. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Daily coronavirus updates: Post-vaccination COVID-19 cases extremely rare, state data shows. Hospitalizations drop.," 7 May 2021 For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 2.9%. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Dallas County reports 4 coronavirus deaths, 229 new cases; Tarrant County adds 8 deaths," 7 May 2021 The positivity rate of COVID-19 diagnostic testing has dropped to 5.8% from a peak of 7.5% on April 8, but the rate of decline for that key indicator of viral spread in Minnesota has slowed. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota first-dose COVID-19 vaccine rate nears 60%," 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of positivity

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

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“Positivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positivity. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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