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November 18, 2020

  • In today’s Recommendations for Industry, we explore the TAG’s U.S. Risk Matrix. This week, all states except for Hawaii (and D.C.) have moved to into the High or Highest-Risk Quadrants. Twenty-seven (27) states have a TPR greater than 10% and a case rate ≥ 25/100K, indicating that testing may not be adequate to characterize the true severity of outbreaks across the U.S fully.

  • Join our own Dr. Ben Miller, MPH with CIC Health and the University of Minnesota's Genomics Center on a webinar this Friday (November 20) at 12:00 PM E.T. as they discuss COVID-19 testing on campus, including how surveillance testing can help bridge the gap between now and widespread vaccination programs. Register here:

  • Be Antibiotics Aware. November 18 – 24th is Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Antimicrobial resistance (which includes antibiotic resistance) is a significant threat to both human health and sustainable food production. Drug resistance has made infections harder to treat; however, good hygiene can help stop the spread of infection (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic). Find out more about the effects antimicrobial resistance has on food, health, and more

  • As a reminder, a mask is not a substitute for social distancing (maintain 6 feet or more from others around you). Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet (2  meters) apart.

  • The “COVID-19 Symptoms Comparison Chart” is now downloadable at our COVID-19 Resources page.

  • Did you miss the October’s FSMA Friday in which TAG’s own Eric Edmunds discussed  DA’s proposed Food Traceability Rule, the affected foods and ingredients on its Food Traceability List (FTL) and the rule’s foundational elements: Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) and Key Data Elements (KDEs), along with other key elements of the rule? Find the main points and recording here.

  • In Case You Missed It:

Recommendations for Industry

TAG’s U.S. Risk Matrix: Week of November 18, 2020

As of November 18, 2020, 48 states are in the Highest-Risk Quadrant (Outbreak Index > 50); only 1 state remains fully in the Medium-Risk Quadrant (Hawaii and Washington D.C.).


States in the High and Highest-Risk Quadrants are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


The average U.S. Mobility Index increased from 6% (last week) to 8% (this week), indicating an increase in mobility throughout the U.S.

  • Twelve (12) states’ (Arizona, California, Idaho, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine) businesses are in mixed opening stages.

  • One (1) state’s (New Mexico) business is mostly closed.


Twenty-seven states have a TPR>10% (Table 1) and a case rate ≥ 25/100K people (Table 2). Additionally, as expanded over 4 weeks, case rate information is important for identifying trends in the COVID-19 pandemic. A case rate >25 would indicate that an outbreak is uncontrolled and strict measures be undertaken to ensure the safety of the site and/or people (as highlighted in red with red text on the graph). A TPR>10% with a case rate ≥ 25 would indicate that testing may not be adequate to fully characterize the actual severity of the outbreak in the states. These states are:

  • Wyoming: 63%

  • South Dakota: 57%

  • Iowa: 52%

  • Kansas: 44%

  • Idaho: 42%

  • Montana: 25%

  • Alabama: 24%

  • Missouri and Pennsylvania: 23%

  • Utah and Mississippi: 19%

  • Oklahoma: 18%

  • Arizona and Wisconsin: 16%

  • Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska: 15%

  • Arkansas: 14%

  • Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois: 13%

  • Texas, Nevada, Michigan, and Colorado: 12%

  • Kentucky: 11% 

Outbreak Updates

As of November 18, 2020 (12:48 ET), there are over >55,917,000 cases (>1,343,020 deaths) worldwide.

Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.

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