Effective Reproduction Number (Rt)
A series of reporting gaps/lags beginning in mid-November creates some instability in estimates during that period. However, the most recent data suggests an Rt spiking well above 1.0 in late November. Significant volatility in estimates remains. Whether the recent increase in Rt signals the beginning of a sustained trend remains to be seen.
Because of the significant November reporting gaps/lags described above, we modeled what the missing numbers most likely would have been during this period and project future cases over a two-week period based on a combination of these and more recent actual case numbers. It is expected that daily case numbers may trend downward slightly. Because these projections assume continued social mixing at levels seen in recent weeks, a post-holiday decline in mixing could portend lower-than-projected case levels.
Asymptomatic to Symptomatic Ratio
Data issues again complicate estimation, but the ratio of asymptomatic to symptomatic cases appears to have remained stable at a relatively low level since the first week of December. A low ratio of asymptomatic to symptomatic cases facilitates mitigation efforts.