These 6 States Are Seeing the Worst COVID Surges

Even though national figures continue to decline, some states still saw their case numbers go up.

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to feel closer with each day. On May 3, officials announced that New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey would fully reopen most businesses by May 19, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all COVID-related health restrictions effective immediately. But while much progress has been made in the year since the virus first began spreading and the national infection rate continues to drop, data from The Washington Post shows that some states have still seen COVID surges in the past week. Read on to see which areas have seen their case numbers jump, and for more on how to keep safe, The CDC Is Warning You to Avoid This One Place, Even If You're Vaccinated.

The national seven-day average of newly reported coronavirus cases maintained its downward trajectory, decreasing 10 percent since last week to 15 per 100,000 people, according to data from The Post as of May 4. But some states saw their own figures defy the national trend, including six that saw a significant increase of 10 percent or more.

The new data comes as scientists and officials are becoming less confident that the "herd immunity" required to eradicate the virus will ever be reached, thanks to flagging public interest and vaccine inequity. "The virus is unlikely to go away," Rustom Antia, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University in Atlanta, told The New York Times. "But we want to do all we can to check that it's likely to become a mild infection."

During an interview on CBS's Face the Nation on May 2, Scott Gottlieb, MD, former FDA commissioner, maintained a positive outlook on the pandemic's trajectory, calling the vaccine's rollout "a monumental achievement" that will continue through the summer, even if it's at a slower pace. "Hospitalizations are a pretty good indicator of where the direction is heading, and they're coming down as well. So, I think these gains are pretty sustainable at this point," he predicted.

Read on to find out which states have seen COVID case surges of more than 10 percent in the past seven days, according to May 4 data from The Washington Post. And for more on what the next phase of the pandemic might look like, America Will "Feel Close to Normal" by This Exact Date, COVID Expert Says.

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Arkansas

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 7

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 11 percent

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New Mexico

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 10

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 12 percent

And for more on where you shouldn't be going post-shots, The CDC Says to "Avoid" Going Here, Even If You're Vaccinated.

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Kansas

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 9

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 13 percent

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Kentucky

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 14

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 18 percent

And for more on post-immunization risk factors, You're More Likely to Get COVID After Vaccination If You're Over This Age.

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Indiana

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 17

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 19 percent

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Hawaii

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 7

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 22 percent

And for more on what vaccination timelines could look like, This Is When You'll Need a Third COVID Shot, BioNTech CEO Says.

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