Reading Assignment

Reading Assignment

For this assignment you are asked to read an article from the New York Times newspaper that discusses the positive test rate for the virus that causes COVID-19.  Here’s the citation of the article; the link is provided as the end of these instructions.

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Goldstein, J., & Mckinley, J. (2020, Nov 23). The city and the state do coronavirus math differently. why it matters.: [foreign desk]. New York Times


After you read the article, please answer the following questions, using your own words.  I am not looking for textbook phrases or word-for-word quotation, but something that indicates you understood the article.  It may help you to know that Andrew Cuomo is the governor of New York State, while Bill de Blasio is the mayor of New York City, located within New York State, and the largest city (by population) in the U.S.


  1. When the article was written, there were two statistics, both percentages, given for the positive corona virus test rate in New York City. One statistic was calculated by the state and one was calculated by the city.  What were these percentages and did the state or the city calculate the lower rate?


  1. Give two reasons stated by the article that the two statistics are different.


  1. According to the article, what is the significance of a 3% positive test rate?



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