These 5 States Account for 40% of Coronavirus Cases
Countrywide, the headlines are grim: The coronavirus is around every corner. Yet 5 states alone account for 40% of coronavirus cases. "The US is nearing five million cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic—and as experts have highlighted in the past, the true number of infections could be many times higher," reports CNN. "The staggering number means the country holds about a fourth of global cases of the virus and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. More than 162,000 Americans have died." Read on to discover which states have been hit hardest, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this special report: 98 Symptoms Coronavirus Patients Say They've Had.
California (with the most cases in the country)
"California, reporting more than 7,000 new cases Saturday for a total of more than 545,000, had a statewide positivity rate of about 6% over the past two weeks, according to health officials," reports CNN. "Hospitalizations across the state are dropping, and there are now about 5,746 patients in hospitals across the state—down by more than 1,000 people from two weeks ago."
"Florida reported another 187 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, to go along with the highest daily total of infections in a week," reports the Sun-Sentinel. "The coronavirus pandemic still has its grips on a state where 8,238 people have died from disease complications and 526,577 people have been diagnosed with infections."
"In Texas, the governor extended his disaster declaration in response to coronavirus as the state reported its highest seven-day positivity rate: 19.41%," reports CNN. "The previous high, 17.43%, was recorded around mid-July. More than 481,000 infections have been reported statewide and about 7,872 people remain in hospitals."
"New York, once the country's epicenter, has been surpassed by several states that have seen spikes in cases in recent months. The state now reports a positivity rate — how many people are testing positive compared to how many were tested — of about 0.93%, according to the governor's office," reports CNN.
"Nine people have tested positive for COVID-19 at a Georgia high school where a photo of a packed hallway went viral earlier this week," reports ABC News. "Six students and three staff members who were at the school last week have tested positive, according to a letter sent to parents Saturday that was acquired by ABC News. The positive cases were reported to the school after private tests." The state has had 197,000 cases and 4,095 deaths.
How to Avoid COVID-19
Until a vaccine is widely available, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19: Wear a face 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.