These Are the Only Two States Where COVID-19 Cases Are Going Down

As much of the nation struggles with coronavirus spikes, these two states are beating the odds.

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Amid a sea of discouraging news on spiking coronavirus cases in a number of states across the U.S., there is a lone island of encouragement. Residents of two northeastern states in particular have a real reason to be proud amid the coronavirus pandemic. It seems that the efforts of New Jersey and Connecticut to limit the spread of COVID-19 have thus far been very effective, CNN reports.

According to the most recent data tracked by Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center, there are only 14 states that are not seeing a rise in coronavirus cases. Of those, 12 are actually holding steady, but New Jersey and Connecticut are the two outliers where new cases are down at least 50 percent.

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In the Garden State, there have been just over 173,500 total COVID-19 cases and 15,000 deaths, according to The New York Times. In the past week, new cases were down nearly 10 percent, according to Reuters. Connecticut, meanwhile, has seen an impressive 18 percent decrease in new cases, though the state has had 46,500 total cases of coronavirus and 4,300 deaths.

Citing concerns of a new outbreak, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced that he was continuing an ongoing ban on indoor dining in his state. Similarly, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont warned that the resurgence in cases across the nation would likely delay the reopening of bars and restaurants in the state that he oversees as well.

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New Jersey and Connecticut also joined New York on June 24 in issuing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any visitors from states with "a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average." Currently, that includes the following 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. And for more on the states that aren't faring well, check out More Than Half of States Are Ignoring This One Pivotal CDC Guideline.

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