This Is the Only State Where COVID Cases Are Still Rising

Every state but one is seeing a decline in new coronavirus cases following a severe surge.

After reaching a pandemic-high rate of over 300,000 new daily reported cases earlier in the month, the second half of January appears to have brought a small bit of hope for the pandemic as national numbers continue to drop in the U.S. This is especially good news as vaccines continue to roll out across the country, which experts believe will eventually help bring numbers down even further. But there is still one state whose reported COVID cases aren't dropping in line with the rest of the U.S.: North Carolina. Read on to see why this state is lagging behind, and for more on the future of the pandemic, Moderna's Chief Medical Officer Just Gave This Upsetting Update.

According to data from the COVID Tracking Project, the national decline in cases is being seen in 46 states and Washington, D.C., where the seven-day average has decreased significantly as of Jan. 25. The five remaining states currently listed as "staying the same" have seen single-digit drops in their reported cases, however, with North Carolina standing out as the only state to have seen an increase in their weekly average of 7 percent from 6,502 to 6,973.

Unfortunately, data also suggests that the state is struggling to get numbers trending downward. Even though the current bump does represent a decrease from its record high of 83.4 new daily cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 8, it still remains at the "critical" level of 61.7 new daily cases per capita as of Jan. 24, while also currently holding a "high" positive test rate of 11 percent according to COVID Act Now.

The news comes as North Carolina faces a shortage of vaccines statewide, with thousands of set immunization appointments recently canceled due to lack of supplies. "As long as we are getting such a small amount of vaccine as a state, there are going to be challenges and shortages as we try to ensure equitable access to vaccine, while getting shots into arms quickly," Mandy Cohen, MD, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said in a news release.

But while North Carolina may be the only state to currently see an overall increase in cases, it's not alone in not seeing a major improvement in containing coronavirus. Read on to see which other states are essentially "staying the same" in terms of reported cases, and for more on slowing the spread, Dr. Fauci Says This Is the One Thing You Shouldn't Be Doing Right Now.


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Zachary Mack
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