These States Now Have More Coronavirus Cases Than the Country's Epicenter
While COVID-19 cases in New York continue to decline, other states' cases are on the rise.
For the majority of the coronavirus pandemic, New York has been considered the country's largest hotspot and the epicenter of the crisis. However, new daily cases in New York have been dropping, and the state is now beginning to reopen. In fact, daily cases have dropped so low that some states have outpaced the Empire State in the rate of new cases being confirmed daily. These are the four states now averaging more daily coronavirus cases than New York. And for areas where things are improving, here are All the States That Had No Coronavirus Deaths Last Week.
Data published by Johns Hopkins University shows that four states now have a higher rate of daily coronavirus cases than New York as of June 7. According to the report, California–the first state in the nation to order all residents to stay home—has now claimed the top spot, averaging about 2,666 daily new cases per day over the week of June 1, with 1,523 from Los Angeles County. And for more states to keep an eye on, These Are the States That the CDC Is Most Worried About.
Second to California is the state of Texas, averaging about 1,537 new cases daily. Texas—the second largest state in the country—was one of the earliest states to reopen, on May 1. On June 3, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state would be moving into phase 3 of reopening, which would allow "almost all Texas businesses to open at 50 percent capacity." The state has seen a consistent spike in cases since they began to reopen. And for tips on staying safe post-lockdown, discover 9 Mistakes You Shouldn't Make During Reopening.
The Sunshine State has the third-highest rate of new cases in the country, with about 1,111 daily coronavirus cases. While COVID-19 cases didn't seem to jump immediately following the start of the state's reopening in mid-May, NBC Miami reported on June 6 that "Florida saw a big jump in its tally of positive coronavirus cases for a third day in a row Friday, with a total of 4,041 new cases being reported in the last 72 hours." The cases seem to be continuing to climb, with no signs of slowing down, while the state remains largely reopened. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
The state of Illinois follows closely behind Florida, averaging about 1,071 daily new cases. Many of these cases are concentrated in Chicago, which has had a consistently high number of COVID-19 cases. However, it seems that the state's cases may be on the decline. According to WGN 9, "The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 867 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the state over the past day Sunday, posting the lowest single-day increase in cases since April 2." Illinois is slowly reopening regionally, and ideally numbers will continue to drop as the state lifts further restrictions. And to find out more about reopening, These Will Be the Last Places to Reopen After the Coronavirus.