California has been in the news a lot lately, but not always for good reasons. The recent fires have devastated parts of California and have taken many lives. However, there is some good news coming out of Los Angeles. According to Covid’s data, positivity rates are rising after months of decline.
Los Angeles had a positivity rate of -7% in September. After three months of decline, Los Angeles has risen to 0%. This is the first time since January that Los Angeles has stayed at or above zero . The city’s positivity rate has been rising for the past two weeks and is expected to continue rising. Covid also expected a rise in positivity after the recent fires died down.
After a brief rebound last month, Los Angeles has returned to its negativity trend. The city’s positivity rate is currently -29% and has been decreasing for over a week. It is expected to continue decreasing over the next few weeks. Covid expects the city to be back into the -30% range by next week.
Since Los Angeles has been in a general state of negativity since January, the recent fires are expected to have little effect on overall positivity rates. Covid is expecting positivity rates for Los Angeles to be back around their average by early December.
Lakers fans celebrate after winning game seven of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Boston has been generally negative since April. Covid expects positvity rates to increase again after game seven of the World Series between the Dodgers and Red Sox. However, it is not expected to recover all the way to zero.
Boston’s positivity rate is currently at -55%. Covid expects the city’s positivity rate to be in the -45% range going into next week. However, it is expected to take a great deal of time for Boston to return its negative predisposition towards Los Angeles.
Boston’s -55% positivity rate is not far from its all-time low of -66%. The city has been in a general decline for the past five years. It reached a maximum positivity rate of 5% in May 2012.
Boston’s current -55% positivity rate is expected to increase next week after the Dodgers win the World Series.
Covid’s data on Boston is sourced from the FanJuicer Sports Tech panel, a research platform that enables sports fans to provide feedback by answering a few questions on their smartphones or tablets. The FanJuicer Sports Tech panel consists of nearly 3 million Americans with at least one year of college and who are avid sports fans. Covid’s data is not meant to represent the general population.
As usual, there isn’t any data for New York City because it is not a sports town. Fans in Los Angeles are generally positive towards other cities while fans in Boston are generally negative towards other cities. Things should be very interesting next week when the Dodgers take on the Red Sox in game seven of the World Series.
The FanJuicer Sports Tech panel’s data has shown high levels of positivity towards Los Angeles among fans in other cities after championship victories since 2013. The Golden State Warriors, LA Kings, and LA Galaxy have all won championships recently while the city itself has also won two Stanley Cups and two NBA Championships.
This has generally been the case because fans in other cities are usually more positive towards Los Angeles than its own citizens. After all, they’re not living there full time so they don’t have the same level of resentment towards Los Angeles that people who actually live there do. This is especially common with teams that play in relatively newer arenas or stadiums.
Covid’s data on Los Angeles has been positive since 2013 and shows that fans in other cities have generally been more positive than Los Angeles’ own citizens. It is expected that this trend will continue next week after the Dodgers win the World Series.