This State Now Has the Worst COVID Outbreak in the U.S.

The virus is surging across the U.S., but one state's COVID numbers are particularly bad.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter communities across the United States, with the latest figures showing that there have been around 20.6 million cases of the disease so far and 352,000 deaths in the country. With the exception of Vermont and Hawaii, every state in the country is classified by the Covid Act Now data tracker as either being in a "severe outbreak" or "active or imminent outbreak," but the situation is especially serious in one state in particular: Arizona. Local Arizona news channel ABC15 reported that "for the second time in this pandemic, Arizona leads the world in the number of COVID-19 cases." The state's rate for daily new cases is 111.7 per 100,000 people, as of Jan. 5.

The last time that Arizona recorded the highest global infection numbers was back in June 2020. According to data from the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona reported 62,047 new COVID cases over the past week, including more than 17,200 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Jan. 3, a record high for a single day.

With numbers boosted by families mixing over Thanksgiving and Christmas, 76 percent of Arizona's ICU beds are currently occupied. Read on to find out which are the next most seriously hit states right now, according to Covid Act Now. And for more on the state concerning experts, check out Dr. Fauci Just Said He's Worried About This One State.

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Oklahoma

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87.3 daily new cases per 100,000 people

And for more on the latest COVID news, check out These People Are More at Risk of Catching the New COVID Strain, Study Finds.

4
Tennessee

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92.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people

And for the tell-tale symptom to be on the lookout for, check out This Is the "Strongest, Most Consistent" Sign You Have COVID, Study Says.

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Rhode Island

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95.8 daily new cases per 100,000 people

And for more from the country's experts, check out Dr. Fauci Just Said These 5 Very Scary Words About COVID-19.

2
California

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95.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people

And to see how your state is faring, check out This Is How Bad the COVID Outbreak Is in Your State.

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Arizona

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111.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people

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John Quinn
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