6 States Where Coronavirus Numbers Are Blowing Up
Arizona, Virginia, and Alabama have seen major increases in COVID-19 numbers over the past week.
As more and more states reopen—and with national attention focused on the Black Lives Matter protests occurring across the country—there has been less coverage of the areas where the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. Looking at the numbers, there are encouraging signs in plenty of states, which have greatly slowed the spread, but others have seen a startling rise that shows the problem is not contained. Based on the largest week-to-week percentage increases for the week ending in May 31, here are six states where coronavirus cases are blowing up. And for ways you're still putting yourself at risk, discover 7 Coronavirus Mistakes You're Making That Would Horrify Your Doctor.
Arizona: 49.8 percent
With 3,597 new cases bringing the total to 19,936, Arizona saw a shocking 49.8 percent increase in coronavirus cases, according to Reuters. As of June 2, The New York Times has the state's total at over 20,100 cases. The biggest outbreaks have been in Maricopa County (where Phoenix is located) and Pima County (where Tucson is), but per capita, the highest number of cases are in Navajo and Apache counties, which are home to multiple Native American reservations. And numbers continue to climb rapidly in Santa Cruz County.
Per CNN, Arizona was reopened for much of May, with salons returning on May 8 and restaurants opening for in-person dining on May 11. Some Native American reservations have observed different guidelines, however: Navajo Nation, for example, extended the closure of their government through May 17. And for places that have yet to return, check out These Will Be the Last Places to Reopen After the Coronavirus.
Virginia: 42.8 percent
Virginia also saw a significant increase in coronavirus cases for the week ending in May 31, Reuters reported, adding 8,363 and bringing the total number of cases to 44,607. That number is now around 45,400 cases, according to The New York Times, with the most cases by far in Fairfax County. There are a high number of per-capita cases, however, in several other counties of varying sizes: Prince William, Alexandria, Manassas, and Accomack.
Virginia's stay-at-home order is set to expire June 10, but all counties have reopened to a certain degree at this point, as The New York Times reports. The first phase of reopening, which included salons and outdoor bars and restaurants, began May 15. And to make sure you stay healthy, learn these 5 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make at the Beach.
Alabama: 39.9 percent
Per Reuters, Alabama reached a total of 17,903 coronavirus cases for the week ending in May 31, adding 3,576 for a 39.9 percent increase. The New York Times has the number at over 18,500 cases as of June 2. That's up from around 15,000 on May 26, shortly after the state saw a less severe percentage increase of 28.2 percent the week prior. The majority of cases remain in the populous Mobile, Jefferson, and Montgomery counties, with high per-capita numbers in Franklin, Tallapoosa, and Butler counties.
Much of Alabama's reopening occurred in May, according to CNN. Most recently, entertainment venues and summer camps reopened on May 22, and educational institutions reopened on June 1, all with proper social distancing required.
South Carolina: 37.9 percent
South Carolina had the highest percentage increase for the week ending in May 24, with 42.4 percent. The following week, according to Reuters, the state had a smaller but still significant increase of 37.9 percent, with 1,765 new cases making the total 11,861. The New York Times now counts around 12,150 coronavirus cases, with most cases still in Greenville, Richland, and Florence counties, the last of which has the highest number of per-capita cases.
The state has been largely reopened, as CNN notes, with some retail stores reopened as early as April 20, restaurants on May 11, and gyms and pools on May 18.
California: 28.9 percent
California's 28.9 percent increase in coronavirus cases, as reported by Reuters, adds 17,873 for a total of 110,583, far more cases than any other state on this list. (New York, New Jersey, and Illinois all have more cases overall, but have seen percentage declines week-to-week.) As of June 2, The New York Times counts around 115,650 coronavirus cases in California. Los Angeles County has by far the largest number of cases; Riverside, San Diego, and Orange counties follow. Per capita, the highest number of cases is in Imperial County.
While California was the first state to issue a stay-at-home order, the state has begun reopening in phases. Specific attention has been paid to Los Angeles County, which is now allowing in-person dining and hair salons to reopen in certain areas. Disneyland, which is in Orange County, remains closed, but theme parks are eyeing possible reopenings in July. And for other states that mandate social distance, check out these 10 States Where You Will Be Fined for Not Social Distancing.
Kentucky: 28.3 percent
Just behind California in terms of percentage, Kentucky saw a 28.3 percent increase for the week ending in May 31, with 1,133 new cases bringing the total number in the state to 9,704. Currently, The New York Times has the number at closer to 10,150 cases. The counties with the most cases are Jefferson (where Louisville is) and Warren (home to Bowling Green), the latter of which also has a high number of cases per capita. But the highest per-capita cases are in Muhlenberg County and Butler County.
Per CNN, Kentucky's phased reopening means that many businesses have yet to open their doors again. While stores and restaurants (at 33 percent capacity) reopened in May, and movie theaters and gyms reopened June 1, museums, libraries, and outdoor attractions won't reopen until June 8, and campgrounds are holding off until June 11. And if you're worried about the future of the pandemic, Here's When the Second Wave of Coronavirus Is Coming, Doctors Warn.