There Are 3 New States on the White House's Coronavirus "Red Zone" List

The total number on the list grew to 21 states, thanks to surging COVID cases in these three spots.

Ever since a document from the White House Coronavirus Task Force was leaked to the public on July 16, the term "red zone" has been used to describe certain states whose COVID outbreaks have reached a critical level. The document explained that states with more than 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents per week would earn the moniker. When the document was released, 18 states were in the "red zone" (Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.).

But as the coronavirus has continued to spread across the U.S. and new data emerges, the list has grown to 21 "red zone" states, with an official update on July 26, The New York Times reports. According to the federal government, these are the three new states that are now in the red. And for more on what to do if you call one of these states home, check out The 8 Things You Need to Do If You Live in a "Red Zone," White House Says.


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The Show-Me State may need someone to show them how to keep from falling further into catastrophic COVID territory. According to the new White House document, Missouri saw 131 new cases per 100,000 residents last week, with its new cases up a frightening 74 percent from the week prior.

These growing numbers led the state to break daily records for the ninth time in a month on July 28, adding a reported 1,773 coronavirus cases. And for more on the states in danger, check out Dr. Fauci Is Most Worried About These 4 States.


Milwaukee, Wisconson

Wisconsin has also earned a spot on the list no state wants to join. With 110 new cases per 100,000 residents last week, it's also now on the White House's coronavirus "red zone" list. The growing number—up 11 percent from a week earlier—pushed Wisconsin above 50,000 reported coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

North Dakota

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Earlier this week, Ashish Jha, MD, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), tweeted that North Dakota was one of the states headed towards becoming a hotspot. Despite not making "national news," Jha said the "small state" with "limited hospital capacity can ill afford to stretch their ICUs." With 108 new cases per 100,000 residents last week—up 29 percent from a week earlier—North Dakota has found itself in White House's coronavirus "red zone." If it doesn't make some changes, it seems the state could be headed toward tragic consequences. And for more states on Jha's list, check out These 6 States Could Become the Next Hotspots, Harvard Doctor Says.


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Zachary Mack
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