Here's How Quickly Coronavirus Is Spreading in Every State

These are the infection rates in every U.S. state, from lowest to highest.

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We've reached a critical point in the coronavirus pandemic, with COVID numbers surging to levels even higher than they were during the initial peak of the outbreak months ago. Nearly every state is now seeing an increase in new cases, with hospitalizations and even deaths also on the rise. But certain hard-hit states are experiencing exponential spikes. When it comes to the states we need to be concerned about, there are plenty of questions to ask. But one of the most important is about the speed at which people are getting infected, i.e. how quickly is coronavirus spreading in every state?

The experts at Covid Act Now—epidemiologists, health professionals, and others—have compiled all the available data for a color-coded map that can tell us, among other things, what each state's infection rate is. This is an important number: The infection rate, which represents how many people the average sick person will infect, is based on the number of new cases and therefore gives us a sense of how quickly COVID is spreading in any given area.

We've ranked every state in the U.S. by infection rate, from lowest to highest. We've also included Covid Act Now's overall risk level for every state, which takes into account the positive test rate, ICU availability, and number of contact tracers as well. The risk level is either green (low), yellow (medium), orange (high), or red (critical).

Some states with relatively low infection rates might be high-risk overall based on other factors, while other states could have higher infection rates but lower overall risk. Focused solely on the infection rate, however, here's where every state in the country falls in terms of the coronavirus spread, from slowest to fastest. And for states that need to reconsider lockdown, check out these 7 States That Are Headed for a "Full Shutdown."

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Maine

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Infection Rate: 0.75 (Low)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

And for more local areas to keep an eye on, check out: The CDC Warns That These Are the Next 10 Coronavirus Hotspots.

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New Jersey

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey. Newark is one of largest rail and air hubs in the nation. Newark is known for its glamorous performing arts venues, premium outlet mall, museums, and the argest collection of cherry blossoms.
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Infection Rate: 0.85 (Low)
Overall Risk Level: Green (Low)

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Vermont

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Infection Rate: 0.87 (Low)
Overall Risk Level: Green (Low)

And for more on Vermont's success, check out: This State Hasn't Had a Single Coronavirus Death in a Month.

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New Hampshire

Portsmouth is the third oldest city in the United States
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Infection Rate: 0.91 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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Delaware

The aerial view of the beach town, fishing port and waterfront residential homes along the canal Lewes Delaware
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Infection Rate: 0.97 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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South Dakota

Panorama of Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
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Infection Rate: 0.98 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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Arizona

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Infection Rate: 1.00 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

And for more states that are taking a step back, here are 9 States That Have Reversed Their Reopenings as Coronavirus Surges.

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Massachusetts

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Infection Rate: 1.01 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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New York

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Infection Rate: 1.01 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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Connecticut

Hartford, CT skyline
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Infection Rate: 1.02 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Infection Rate: 1.03 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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Utah

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Infection Rate: 1.04 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Yellow (Medium)

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Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline over the Capitol Building.
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Infection Rate: 1.08 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Iowa

Iowa
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Infection Rate: 1.09 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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North Carolina

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Infection Rate: 1.09 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia downtown skyline with blue sky and white cloud
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Infection Rate: 1.10 (Medium)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Nebraska

Downtown Omaha skyline with the Gene Leahy Mall in the foreground
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Infection Rate: 1.10 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Rhode Island

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Infection Rate: 1.10 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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California

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Infection Rate: 1.11 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Illinois

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Infection Rate: 1.11 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Oregon

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Infection Rate: 1.11 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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South Carolina

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Infection Rate: 1.11 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Nevada

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Infection Rate: 1.12 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Indiana

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Infection Rate: 1.13 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Minnesota

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Infection Rate: 1.13 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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New Mexico

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Infection Rate: 1.13 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Maryland

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Infection Rate: 1.14 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Ohio

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Infection Rate: 1.14 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Washington

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Infection Rate: 1.14 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Virginia

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Infection Rate: 1.15 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Florida

Beach and city of Miami
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Infection Rate: 1.16 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Texas

houston texas skyline
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Infection Rate: 1.16 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Georgia

Augusta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline.
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Infection Rate: 1.17 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconson
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Infection Rate: 1.17 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Colorado

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Infection Rate: 1.18 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Alabama

montgomery alabama
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Infection Rate: 1.19 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Hawaii

waikiki beach honolulu hawaii skyline
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Infection Rate: 1.19 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Tennessee

knoxville tennessee skyline
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Infection Rate: 1.19 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Arkansas

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Infection Rate: 1.20 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Kansas

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Infection Rate: 1.20 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Michigan

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Infection Rate: 1.20 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Missouri

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Infection Rate: 1.21 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Oklahoma

oklahoma city oklahoma
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Infection Rate: 1.21 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Louisiana

new orleans louisiana
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Infection Rate: 1.22 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Red (Critical)

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Alaska

Sunset from the coast in Ketchikan, Alaska. Landscape coastal view along the ocean with buildings along the bay and mountain in background as the evening sun colors the cloudy/ overcast autumn sky.
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Infection Rate: 1.23 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Kentucky

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Infection Rate: 1.23 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Idaho

downtown boise idaho
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Infection Rate: 1.25 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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North Dakota

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Infection Rate: 1.26 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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West Virginia

charleston west virginia skyline
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Infection Rate: 1.27 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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Montana

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Infection Rate: 1.40 (High)
Overall Risk Level: Orange (High)

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