These States are in Danger of a Lockdown
Cases of coronavirus are declining nationwide, but in some states, that picture of progress is just a mirage. Statistics show that three states in the South and West are reporting the most daily coronavirus cases in the country, per capita. These are the country's biggest COVID-19 danger zones, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker (as of Aug. 19). Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Cases in last 7 days: 36,830
Cases per 100,000 residents (7-day average): 2,694
On Tuesday, state officials reported more than 200 daily deaths from COVID-19 for the 10th time in the last month. On Wednesday, Florida surpassed 10,000 deaths since the pandemic began. The only other states whose death toll has reached five digits are California, New York, Texas and New Jersey. Half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred in just the last month. According to WFLA 8, Floridians in the 25-to-34 age group account for the largest number of coronavirus cases in the state.
Cases in last 7 days: 19,089
Cases per 100,000 residents (7-day average): 2,297
On Aug. 19, Georgia reported 2,305 new cases of COVID-19 and 55 new deaths. Since the pandemic began, the state has reported 243,982 cases and 4,849 deaths. According to a report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the White House coronavirus task force has taken the state to task, recommending that officials close bars and gyms, restrict indoor restaurant capacity to 25% in the highest risk counties and limit social gatherings to 10 people or fewer, even within families. Gov. Brian Kemp opposes a statewide mask mandate but has recently allowed local governments to impose them.
Cases in last 7 days: 49,612
Cases per 100,000 residents (7-day average): 1,917
On Monday, Texas marked more than 10,000 COVID deaths, more than 100 times the number of people who died in Hurricane Harvey. "Experts say Texas' official death toll is all but certain to be an undercount given insufficient testing, particularly at the beginning of the pandemic," the Texas Tribune reported on Aug. 17. Gov. Greg Abbott only issued a statewide mask mandate three weeks ago. The positivity rate — a rolling average of how many coronavirus tests came back positive for the virus — was 11.8% this week. Abbott previously said that any level above 10% would be a "warning flag."
States Seeing a Decline in Cases
"States across the US are now seeing a decline in coronavirus cases, a US top official said this week, though he warned things could quickly change again if Americans aren't careful," reports CNN. "US trends are now 'going in the right direction,' said Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration official overseeing US coronavirus testing, attributing the decline in part to safety protocols like masks and social distancing. At least 20 states are seeing a downward trend in new cases compared to the previous week while 18 states are reporting a steady number of new cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University."
How to Avoid COVID-19
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.