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.

There was a brief period in 2021 when it felt as though we were reaching the end of the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, slowing vaccination rates and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant made containment a struggle. Then, as we began to glimpse normalcy again, Omicron arrived—even more infectious than Delta, according to recent data, and more likely to cause breakthrough COVID—and with it, a new surge. Currently the numbers look very different state to state, but the virus is spreading across the U.S. and it's unlikely any will be spared from the Omicron spike. So, how bad are COVID cases in your state?

There are countless ways to measure the level of outbreak in any particular area. The experts at COVID Act Now use several categories to determine each state's level of vulnerability: the daily new case rate, positive test rate, infection rate, and percentage of the population vaccinated. To keep things simple, we are focusing on the rate of daily new cases per 100,000 people, which is one of the most effective ways to capture the state of the COVID outbreak in a given area. Using a color-coded system, COVID Act Now marks a state as green if it's "on track to contain COVID," meaning there is less than 1 new case per 100,000 people, but there are not currently any states that meet this limit. At this time there are also no states designated yellow, meaning "slow disease growth," with a rate of 1 to 9 cases per 100,000 people.

Instead, states' daily new case rates are marked orange ("at risk of outbreak") for 10 to 24 cases per 100,000 people; red ("active or imminent outbreak") for 25 to 74 cases per 100,000 people; or dark red ("severe outbreak") for 75 or more cases per 100,000 people. As of Dec. 23, a staggering 30 states are red and eight more are dark red. The remaining 12 are orange. (Maryland is not listed on COVID Act Now's site, but New York Times data shows its cases per 100,000 and puts it in the red category.) As the Omicron variant spreads widely, every U.S. state remains at an elevated risk level, making total containment a distant prospect. From fewest to most daily new coronavirus cases, here's how your state is faring.

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Montana

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

49
Alabama

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

48
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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16.6 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

47
Idaho

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

46
Oregon

Portland OR view
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19.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

45
Oklahoma

tulsa oklahoma skyline
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19.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

44
Mississippi

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

43
California

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

42
South Carolina

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

41
Louisiana

new orleans louisiana skyline
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23.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people (orange)

40
Alaska

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

39
Washington

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

38
Texas

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

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Arkansas

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

36
Nevada

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

35
Georgia

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

34
Utah

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

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Tennessee

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

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Colorado

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32.2 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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34.2 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Nebraska

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

29
Florida

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

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South Dakota

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40.1 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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40.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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North Dakota

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

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Virginia

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

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Maryland

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

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Hawaii

Hawaii
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46.6 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

22
Iowa

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

21
Missouri

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

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Kentucky

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

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New Mexico

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

18
Minnesota

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

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Kansas

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

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West Virginia

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

15
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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59.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

14
Michigan

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

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Indiana

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

12
Vermont

Downtown skyline view of Montpelier, USA. Montpelier is the capital city of Vermont.
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65.4 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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68.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people (red)

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Maine

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

9
Connecticut

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

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Delaware

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75.8 daily new cases per 100,000 people (dark 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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80.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people (dark red)

6
Massachusetts

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83.3 daily new cases per 100,000 people (dark red)

5
Illinois

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

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Ohio

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86.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people (dark red)

3
New Hampshire

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

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New York

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

1
Rhode Island

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118.3 daily new cases per 100,000 people (dark red)

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