This Is How Bad the COVID Outbreak Is in Your State

Based on the rate of daily new coronavirus cases, here's how your state is faring.

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During the summer, when the coronavirus pandemic seemed to be improving, we had some hope that things might be better in the fall, allowing us to gather with our families for Thanksgiving without any serious risk of infection. Now, however, the situation in the U.S. has never been worse. It's not only that more people are contracting the virus: Hospitalizations are also on the rise throughout the country, and deaths are climbing. States are experiencing the worst numbers they've seen all year. The influx of information can be daunting: It seems that coronavirus is rising everywhere. But how bad is the COVID outbreak in your state?

There are countless ways to measure the level of outbreak in any particular area. One of the most effective is to look at the rate of daily new cases per 100,000 people, which is how the Brown School of Public Health's COVID Risk Levels color-coded map measures the severity of coronavirus hotspots throughout the U.S. A rate of less than 1 case per 100,000 people is colored green, meaning "on track for containment," but there are no longer any green states on the map.

Instead, states are yellow ("community spread") for 1 to 9 cases per 100,000 people; orange ("accelerated spread") for 10 to 24 cases per 100,000 people; or red ("tipping point") for 25 or more cases per 100,000 people. As of Nov. 23, the vast majority of states are red, with only one state remaining yellow. With every state at an elevated risk level, it's hard to imagine what containment looks like.

From fewest to most daily new coronavirus cases, here is how your state is faring. And if you're wondering what your state is doing to control the crisis, This Is How Close Your State Is to Locking Down.

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Hawaii

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5.8 daily new cases per 100,000 people (yellow)

And for more on how states are fighting back against the surge, You Can't Enter These 8 States Without a Negative COVID Test.

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Maine

beautiful lighthouse during sunset in portland Maine
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15.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

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Vermont

Downtown skyline view of Montpelier, USA. Montpelier is the capital city of Vermont.
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16.2 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

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South Carolina

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19.8 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

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Georgia

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23.6 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

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Virginia

roanoke virginia skyline
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24.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

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New York

New York City Skyline on the East River with Brooklyn Bridge at sunset.
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25.2 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Washington

space needle and seattle overview
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25.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Oregon

Portland OR view
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25.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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California

lombard street in san francisco california
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29.0 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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North Carolina

Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Drone Skyline Aerial
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32.0 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Massachusetts

boston skyline and boston commons
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35.0 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Texas

Houston Texas skyline
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35.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Maryland

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37.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Florida

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37.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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New Hampshire

Portsmouth is the third oldest city in the United States
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42.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Delaware

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42.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Alabama

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43.3 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Mississippi

Jackson is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Mississippi.
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43.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Arizona

The skyline of Tucson, Arizona with cacti in the foreground
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43.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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New Jersey

Atlantic City skyline including the Revel casino at dawn. Atlantic City located on the Jersey shore is a resort city on Absecon Island in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Atlantic City is known for its two mile long boardwalk, gambling casinos, great nightlife, beautiful beaches, and the Miss America Pageant.
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44.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Pennsylvania

Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States
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47.6 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Connecticut

hartford connecticut skyline
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51.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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West Virginia

charleston west virginia skyline
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54.3 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Arkansas

little rock arkansas skyline
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55.2 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Nevada

las vegas strip in nevada
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56.6 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Kentucky

louisville kentucky skyline
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63.2 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Alaska

Anchorage Skyline with a winter reflection
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64.4 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Ohio

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64.8 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Missouri

downtown st. louis missouri
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64.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Tennessee

Knoxville Tennessee
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64.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Louisiana

new orleans louisiana skyline
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67.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Rhode Island

providence rhode island skyline
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74.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Oklahoma

tulsa oklahoma skyline
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74.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Michigan

detroit michigan skyline
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76.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Colorado

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87.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

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Idaho

The skyline of downtown Boise, Idaho at twilight
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88.2 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
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93.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Indiana

indianapolis indiana
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94.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Kansas

springtime view in downtown Topeka, Kansas, USA
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95.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Minnesota

Minnesota
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100.0 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Utah

salt lake city skyline
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106.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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New Mexico

santa fe new mexico skyline
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110.8 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Wyoming

Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is the second largest city in the state
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115.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Montana

billings montana
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115.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Nebraska

lincoln nebraska
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118.6 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

And if you're worried about getting sick, This Is the Easiest Way to Tell If You've Been Exposed to COVID.

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Iowa

The skyline of Davenport, Iowa at sunset with the Mississippi River in the foreground
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119.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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South Dakota

rapid city, south dakota
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129.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin, USA downtown skyline at dusk on Lake Monona.
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139.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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North Dakota

downtown fargo and the fargo movie theater in north dakota
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184.0 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

And for more on avoiding coronavirus, If You're Doing This, You Won't Be Totally Safe From COVID on Thanksgiving.

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