The COVID-19 Death Rates in Your State Are Here—New Report
We're all facing the threat of the coronavirus together—but the latest data shows some of us are facing the possibility of death more than others. The latest statistics from The Washington Post on May 27 counted up the number of COVID-19 deaths in each state. Here we have organized them from the least fatalities to the most, so you can click through to see where your state ranks.
Alaska is geographically isolated and the northernmost state of America, and as a result suffered the least amount of COVID-19 cases in the country. So far, there have been only 411 confirmed cases and just 10 deaths.
Wyoming is one of the handful of states in America with very few large cities. In fact, it's two biggest cities — Cheyenne and Casper — have populations that hover around just 60,000 people. This is one of the reasons there have only been 850 cases of COVID reported so far, with just 13 deaths.
The population of the entire state of Montana is just over 1 million, with the most of the residents geographically spread out across the wide and open state. This accounts for much of the reason there have only been 479 total cases of the virus and just 17 deaths.
Hawaii, a popular tourist destination with a population of around 1.4 million scattered around the islands, promptly responded to the coronavirus pandemic by imposing an inter island quarantine and closing all tourism. As a result, the Pacific islands have only 643 reported cases of the virus and only 17 people have died as a result.
South Dakota may be lower on the list of reported coronavirus cases, with 4,653, but considering the total population is less than 900,000, their numbers still seem high. This is due to the fact that the state is home to several meat plants — one of which was responsible for 44 percent of the state's cases at point during the pandemic. Regardless, just 50 deaths have been reported in the state.
Vermont has a population just over 600,000 with its largest city Burlington, hosting just around 40,000 residents. It isn't surprising that there have been just 967 cases of COVID in the small state with a death toll of 54.
North Dakota, which began reopening the economy on May 1, is one of the few states that does not require wearing masks. So far, there have been 2,422 cases of the virus with 54 deaths. While the numbers may seem relatively low, keep in mind the population there is just over 760,000.
West Virginia has reported 1,854 cases of COVID with 74 deaths. The state's governor, Jim Justice, recently endorsed the reopening of several counties — including indoor restaurants, tanning salons, and malls. However, in recent days cases have started to spike in two separate hotspots in the state.
Maine, which borders Canada, has reported 2,109 cases of coronavirus and 79 deaths. A Bangor homeless shelter and Portland meat plant were two outbreak hotspots in the state.
Idaho has seen 2,699 coronavirus cases and 81 deaths as a result. A few outbreaks at food processing plants contributed to their numbers.
Utah has experienced 8,620 total coronaviruses cases — over half of those centralized in Salt Lake City. The state has also lost 101 people as a result of the virus.
There have been 6,180 coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 119 deaths. Despite the fact they are currently experiencing a second peak, the state has already reopened many businesses, including bars.
Despite the fact that the United States commonwealth of Puerto Rico has maintained a strict screening process to enter the island, they have still reported 3,397 cases of the virus and 129 deaths.
Oregon has the least amount of coronavirus cases on the west coast with just 3,967 and 148 deaths.
Home to several meat plants, Nebraska has hosted a whopping 12,619 coronavirus cases. However, the midwest state has only reported 153 deaths. According to one estimate one out six cases in the state were linked to meat plants.
In Kansas there have been 9,199 coronavirus cases and 210 deaths, many of them centralized in the Kansas City metro area.
Faring better than its neighboring state of Massachussettes but worse than Vermont and Maine, New Hampshire has reported 4,231 cases of coronavirus and 214 deaths.
Considering they boast a population near 4 million, Oklahoma has been keeping their number of coronavirus infections low. Currently there have been 6,137 total cases and 318 deaths.
New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the country with a population of 2 million, has managed to keep their death toll relatively low. So far, they have reported 7,130 coronavirus cases and 325 deaths.
Delaware is geographically the 2nd smallest state in the country with a population hovering near 975,000. However, they have already reported 9,066 coronavirus cases and 335 deaths.
In Tennessee, the death toll is very unproportionate to the total number of cases. While just 339 deaths have been reported, there have been 20,481 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
In Kentucky there have been 8,951 total coronavirus cases and 394 deaths. Many of them occurred in a Lexington prison.
The state of Nevada, home to Las Vegas, has reported 7,997 total coronavirus cases and 396 deaths. The majority of cases have been reported in Clark County, home to the gambling capital of the world. While casinos have been closed for months as a result of the pandemic, they are set to open on June 4.
District of Columbia
The population dense District of Columbia, the nation's capital, has hosted 8,334 cases of coronavirus and has reported 440 deaths. The African American population has been hit especially hard there.
South Carolina, with 10,416 cases of coronavirus and 446 deaths, has been praised by Dr. Anthony Fauci for their response in handling the virus.
Iowa, home to several meat plants, has reported 17,661 coronavirus cases and 464 deaths. In May, one of Tyson's meat plants in the state was responsible for over 1,000 of cases.
The midwestern state of Wisconsin has reported 15,863 cases of coronavirus and 517 deaths. A number of cases originated at several of the state's meat plants.
Alabama has 15,650 reported cases of coronavirus and 580 deaths. The number is quickly rising, however, as testing is ramping up in the state and health officials are worried they are approaching a second wave of infections.
The Latino population of Rhode Island has been hit the hardest in the small coastal state, which has reported 14,210 coronavirus cases and 634 deaths.
Mississippi has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in the south. Currently 13,731 cases have been reported with 652 deaths.
Missouri has experienced 12,291 coronavirus cases and 686 deaths. Notable outbreaks stemmed from hair salons and meat plants in the midwestern/southern state.
Compared to its neighbor in the south, South Carolina, North Carolina has experienced an abundance of coronavirus cases — 24,140 to be exact. Their death toll stands at 766. The African American community, 21 percent of the total population, has been hit particularly hard, accounting for 39 percent of total COVID cases and 37 percent of deaths.
Arizona has reported 16,783 coronavirus cases and 807 deaths. Nearly half of total cases have been centralized in Maricopa County, the Phoenix area.
Minnesota, just now starting to hit their peak, has reported 21,960 coronavirus cases and 899 deaths. One of their hotspots, a meat packing plant in Cold Spring, has been linked to a number of cases.
One of the first publicized outbreaks in the United States occurred at a Washington nursing home. Currently the state has reported 20,181 cases of the virus and 1,078 deaths. A number of the cases are centralized in King County, home of Seattle.
While most other states are experiencing a decline in coronavirus cases, Virginia recently experienced its largest daily peak. The state has currently reported 39,342 cases and 1,236 deaths.
Colorado is faring much worse with COVID-19 infections and deaths than its neighboring states of Wyoming and Utah with 24,565 cases and 1,352 deaths. Most cases have been centralized in the Denver area.
Texas is the second largest state in both geographical area and population. However, despite boasting 29 million residents, their death toll as a result of the virus — 1,536 — is significantly lower than smaller states. So far, they have reported 56,560 cases.
Georgia controversially started reopening the state over a month ago, and while their economy may be faring better as a result, their total number of coronavirus cases are on the rise with a total of 44,275 infections and 1,899 deaths as a result of the virus.
Ohio is one of the largest states in the country, so it isn't surprising that their total number of infections, 33,006, and death toll, 2,002, reflect that. Major outbreaks have included a Dole Fresh Vegetable plant and a prison in Marion County, a small country that boasts one of the highest per capita infection rates in the country.
Indiana, a Republican state, started reopening the economy much sooner than other neighboring states. In fact, even movie theaters and houses of worship are up and running again. So far, they have reported 32,078 cases of the virus and 2,004 deaths.
Despite reporting a hefty 52,255 cases of coronavirus and 2,259 deaths, the Republican governed state of Florida started reopening their economy on the early side. Retail stores, restaurants, and several of the state's beaches are currently open. South Florida, specifically the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, have been hit the hardest.
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are responsible for almost one-fifth of the state's 47,687 infections. Residents alone count for 1,276 deaths — 56% of Maryland's total confirmed toll of 2,333.
Louisiana has experienced the wrath of COVID-19 worse than any other southern states. Currently, they have reported 38,054 infections and 2,701 deaths. The deep southern state is a great example of how race and social disparity play into a health crisis. About 70 percent of deaths have been those in the African American community, despite the fact that they account for just 32 percent of the state's population.
While Connecticut isn't a large state, it's geographic location close to New York has made it a coronavirus hotspot. Currently the state, which is a commuter locale for those working in New York City, has reported 41,303 cases of the virus and 3,769 deaths as a result.
California boasts the largest population in the country, so it isn't surprising they have one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks. The state has reported 98,980 cases and 3,884 deaths, with nearly half of the total cases and over half as a result of infections in Los Angeles county. The state demonstrated one of the quickest and most conservative responses to the pandemic.
"Many businesses across Illinois are preparing to reopen at the end of the week as all four regions of the state move into the next phase of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's five-phase reopening plan," reports The Chicago Tribune. So far, the state has seen 113,195 cases and 4,923 deaths.
New cases are trending downward and testing capability—along with the state's ability to contract trace—has increased. Seventeen counties will soon move into the "green" phase of reopening. Pennsylvania has 68,637 cases and 5,152 deaths.
Nurses, physician's assistants and pharmacists can now order COVID-19 tests, expanding the types of medical personnel who can do so. The number of cases is 55,104 and the number of deaths is 5,266.
With 93,693 cases and 6,473 deaths, Governor Charlie Baker has said "the surge…is behind us….As a result of that many of the field hospitals that we set up around the state to add beds and reduce strain on hospitals have begun to close."
New Jersey reports 155,764 cases and 11,191 deaths, resulting in the nation's second-highest death toll. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is slowly reopening the state, but has remained cautious when it comes to certain small businesses like hair salons and gyms: "We're not there yet."
The Empire State has been hit harder than any state in the union, partly due to the densely-populated New York City, and nursing homes have been terribly affected. New York State reports a total of 363,836 cases and 28,313 deaths.
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