These 15 States Are Seeing the Worst COVID Surges Right Now

As national cases increase, some places are witnessing cases spike more than 20 percent.

After weeks of remaining relatively steady, the national daily average of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has begun to rise once again. The spike comes after weeks of repeated warnings from multiple health officials that while infections weren't rising, the consistently high level made another surge in new cases likely. Now, at least 15 states are experiencing COVID spikes, with cases jumping more than 20 percent in the past seven days, according to data from The Washington Post. Read on to see which places are seeing the biggest increases in cases, and for more on why cases are headed up, check out Dr. Fauci Says This Is the Sign That We'll Have Another COVID Surge.

According to the latest health data from The Post, as of March 30, the daily national average of new cases has increased 12 percent in the past week to 133 per 100,000 people. Additionally, more than half of all states have seen a rise in new cases, with 33 states showing an increase in the last seven days, 15 of which saw a major jump of 20 percent or more. The news also comes as some states begin to remove mask mandates and restrictions on indoor dining.

During a White House COVID-19 response team press briefing on March 29, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky, MD, addressed the recent spike in cases and became visibly emotional while issuing a warning of the "impending doom" of COVID in the coming weeks. "I'm speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director and not only as your CDC director but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer," she pleaded with the public. "I so badly want to be done. I know you all so badly want to be done. We are just almost there, but not quite yet. … And so I'm asking you to just hold on a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends."

Read on to find out which states are currently seeing COVID cases surge more than 20 percent since last week, according to March 30 data from The Washington Post, and for more on when we may be rid of COVID for good, check out This Is When the COVID Pandemic Will Be Completely Over, Experts Say.

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Hawaii

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 47

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 21 percent

14
Massachusetts

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 220

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

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Minnesota

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 181

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 25 percent

12
Maryland

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 138

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 26 percent

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Oregon

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 57

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 27 percent

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Illinois

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 130

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 27 percent

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Pennsylvania

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 210

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 29 percent

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Colorado

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 146

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 29 percent

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Alaska

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 95

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 29 percent

And for more on important medical warning signs, check out If 1 of These 3 Body Parts Starts Swelling Up After Your Vaccine, Call a Doctor.

6
New Hampshire

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 190

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 34 percent

5
Connecticut

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 246

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 34 percent

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North Dakota

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 123

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 34 percent

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Iowa

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 124

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 35 percent

And for more on when you might need booster shots, check out Moderna CEO Says This Is How Often You'll Need A COVID Vaccine.

2
Vermont

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 186

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 37 percent

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Michigan

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New cases in last seven days per 100,000 people: 361

Percent change in daily cases in last seven days: Up 57 percent

And for more COVID vaccine side effects to be aware of, check out The Strange New COVID Vaccine Side Effect That's Confusing Even Doctors.

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Zachary Mack
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