These 14 States Are Beating Coronavirus and Here's Why
You've heard that COVID-19 is spiking in states like Florida and the Carolinas, but fortunately, there are other regions that have seen cases decrease. Powered by data from the New York Times, who looked at how the "seven-day average of new cases has changed from two weeks ago to today," we compiled this list of states where coronavirus cases are dropping. (All data current as of the publication of this article.) Read on to see if your state is on the list.
"The number of hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State hit new lows once again Saturday. Hospitals reported 1,657 patients being treated for the virus while 23 new deaths were reported to the state," according to WABC. "Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's transmission rate of 0.78 remained the lowest in the nation." That said, Cuomo threatened to lockdown certain areas again after seeing photos and videos of revelers gathering in Manhattan and the Hamptons without face masks or practicing social distancing this weekend. "We're not going to go back to that dark place because local governments didn't do their job." Overall, there have been 210,000 confirmed cases and 17,193 deaths.
"After being hard hit in the first several weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey has seen hospitalizations and cases slow, leading Gov. Phil Murphy to set up Stage 2 of his 'Road Back' plan, which begins Monday," reports WNBC. "Outdoor dining and nonessential in-person retail will resume as well as child-care services, with restrictions aimed at preventing the coronavirus in place." "Over the past several weeks, we've been able to take our first steps on our road back because we stayed true to our guiding principles: Public health creates economic health. Data determines dates," Murphy said. The state has had 166,000 confirmed cases and 12,489 deaths.
"Health officials said 19 coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed in Illinois over the past day Sunday, the lowest daily number of deaths reported in the state since April 2," reports WGN. "According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 672 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours as well, bringing statewide totals to 132,543 confirmed cases and 6,308 related deaths to date. Of confirmed cases, 93 percent are believed to have recovered."
"The state is continuing to see a decline in COVID-19 infections due to strict health protocols," according to WWLP. "A total of 208 new coronavirus cases were reported, pushing the state's overall total over 105,000. 48 more people have died, for a statewide total of more than 7,600 deaths. However, the seven-day weighted average of positive test rates has dropped by 90 percent since May 15. The three day average of COVID-19 deaths is down 78 percent in that same span."
"The seven-day rolling average of new cases … shows a continued downward trend," reports Lehigh Valley Live. "The statewide total stands at 78,798 cases and 6,215 deaths. The majority of those who've been hospitalized and died are 65 and older."
"Trailing months of civilian resistance against Michigan's stay-at-home order, a study examining lockdown restrictions' impact on transmission of the new coronavirus indicated it successfully curbed the disease's statewide spread," according to Newsweek. "One researcher involved in the study, conducted by professors and epidemiology experts at Imperial College London and Oxford University, told The Detroit News on Saturday that Michigan's order may have reduced its fatality toll by as much as 90 percent." The state has 65,672 confirmed cases and 5,990 deaths.
"Maryland officials reported Sunday that the state has confirmed 396 new cases of the coronavirus and 12 more deaths, a significant decrease in both categories compared with Saturday's totals," reports the Baltimore Sun. "Sunday's additions bring the state's total to 61,701 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, and 2,811 people who have died due to the disease or complications from it. Compared with Saturday, Maryland saw drops in several statistics officials say are important for deciding when to lift social distancing measures and restrictions on businesses as the state continues to see a decrease in the rate of positive COVID-19 tests."
As a neighbor to New York, this state's fortunes are intertwined with the Big Apple, which is threatening restrictions as people party on the streets. Still, Connecticut has seen hospitalizations drop 12%, emboldening state leaders. "Wednesday will bring the second phase of Gov. Ned Lamont's reopening plan for the state, with indoor dining resuming at Connecticut restaurants and the return of business for hotels, indoor recreation, gyms and fitness facilities and personal services like nail salons and tattoo parlors," reports the Hartford Courant. The state has seen 44,461 confirmed cases and 4,146 deaths.
"The numbers have mostly remained steady despite mass protests and most of Ohio's economy reopening," according to ABC 6. "The Ohio Department of Health reported Saturday 40,848 total coronavirus cases with 6,864 hospitalizations and 2,554 deaths. The state health department reported 424 cases, 50 hospitalizations, and 46 deaths in the past 24 hours." On Thursday, Gov. Jim DeWine said the transmission rate was higher in the Dayton region but "even with the Dayton numbers, I don't think there's room yet for alarm."
"The pace of Minnesota's COVID-19 outbreak has slowed significantly in recent weeks—though thousands remain sick and there's no guarantee the situation will continue to improve," reports MPR. "On Sunday, Minnesota reported 311 new cases and 15 new deaths from COVID-19; the net increase in cases from Saturday was 299, as the state received more information and updated previous days' data." The state has had 29,795 confirmed cases and 1,305 deaths.
"New cases of the novel coronavirus are declining in Wisconsin, a state that experienced significant controversy surrounding its reopening," reports Newsweek. "The downward trend in cases is a positive sign for a state that was one of the first to reopen. Meanwhile, the governor"—Tony Evers—"blasted the images of crowds that spread on social media, saying in an address to his constituents that deadly viruses 'don't go away because the Supreme Court'"—which has called a stay-at-home order "unlawful, invalid and unenforceable"—"'says so.'" The state has 22,246 cases and 689 deaths.
Recent numbers are looking good for the small state. "It's now been two weeks since Delaware started to reopen its economy, and, so far, the state has not seen a dramatic rise in cases of COVID-19," reports WDEL. "The state Division of Public Health reported just 35 new cases on Sunday. The total increased to 10,264; but percentage of new test results that came back positive remained at 2%. It was 5.5% two weeks ago." The state has seen 10,173 confirmed cases and 414 deaths.
With 5,209 cases and 308 deaths, New Hampshire appears to have the worst of it behind them. "On Sunday, the latest data information from the state showed major drops in current hospitalizations, current infections, and an increase in recoveries, while also announcing two new deaths and 21 more positive infections," according to Patch.
The state has had 2,233 confirmed cases and 86 deaths, with recent trends pointing downward. However, a recent outbreak was cause for alarm. "Five COVID-19 outbreaks have been confirmed at churches in West Virginia, including 17 cases that have been identified at a church in Greenbrier County," reports WCHS. "Gov. Jim Justice has ordered the National Guard to immediately go to the Greenbrier County church to begin decontamination." "I want to strongly encourage all West Virginians, especially when in church settings, to follow the guidelines and use every other pew, maintain social distancing, and please wear masks," Justice said. "A lot of the attendance at our churches are those that are elderly and at higher risk, so we are cautioning everyone to strictly follow our guidelines."
How You Can Stay Safe
The encouraging stats doesn't mean the pandemic is over; in fact, they're an argument for being more careful than ever. Areas that might have made this list last week—like Virginia or Washington D.C.—didn't make the cut because they saw alarming spikes in areas with beaches or certain areas.
In the words of one governor whose state is beating back COVID-19: "Delawareans need to remain vigilant," Gov. John Carney said last week, and he might as well been speaking about all Americans. "Keep distance from others outside your household. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently. Wear a face covering in public settings, and act with a sense of community. This pandemic is not over. Now's not the time to let up." And to stay safe in your state, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.