These Are the States Where Coronavirus Numbers Are Up Over 75 Percent
States from coast to coast have seen a major jump in COVID-19 cases over the course of the past week.
More than three months in, the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the U.S., and it's hitting some areas harder than others. Some states may be considering a return to lockdown, while others have implemented new restrictions, and still others are moving forward with reopening plans undeterred. Over the past week, coronavirus cases continued to rise in states across the country—and the number of cases nationally rose by 25 percent. But certain states have tripled that growth rate. Based on the week-to-week percentage increases for the week ending in June 21, here are five states where coronavirus numbers went up at least 75 percent. And for a look at the states that are on the right path, These Are the Only Three States on Track to Contain Coronavirus.
Oklahoma: 111.3 percent
With 2,284 new cases, giving the state a total of 10,515, Oklahoma saw a shocking 111.3 percent rise in coronavirus cases for the week ending in June 21, according to Reuters. The team of experts at Covid Act Now considers Oklahoma to be a high-risk state, thanks in part to the infection rate (the number of people the average sick person will infect) of 1.11 and the positive test rate of 6.1 percent. And for insight into where the country is heading, This One Thing Could Make the Second Wave of Coronavirus Even Deadlier.
Arizona: 89.7 percent
Arizona's additional 16,699 new cases give the state a total of 52,390, which represents an 89.7 percent rise over the past week, per Reuters. This state has been on many people's radars for weeks given the climbing numbers: The number of positive cases in Arizona is doubling every two weeks, according to CNN, and the state set a new record for its highest single-day coronavirus cases on June 19.
Virologist Angela Rasmussen, PhD, told Best Life that Arizona needed to return to lockdown, while former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, told CNBC that the state might be "past the point" of controlling the virus. And for more states facing critical situations, These States May Be "Past the Point" of Controlling COVID-19, Doctor Says.
Florida: 86.8 percent
Reuters reports that Florida had an additional 21,723 cases, giving the state an 86.8 percent increase for the week ending in June 21. This follows a 49.6 percent rise the week before, and a 46.8 percent rise the week prior to that. The total number of cases in Florida has now topped 100,000. As with Arizona, Florida was one of the "tipping point" states identified by Gottlieb, as well as a state Rasmussen suggested should return to lockdown. And if you're wondering where outbreaks are happening, 97 Percent of Coronavirus Superspreader Events Take Place Here.
Texas: 84.4 percent
The third state Gottlieb recently told CNBC could be facing exponential growth is Texas, which added 23,747 cases over the last week. That's an 84.4 percent rise, according to Reuters. The state's total number of cases has now grown to nearly 119,650, with over 2,200 deaths.
Rasmussen told Best Life that Texas was one of the states that "reopened before it was safe to do so," recommending another shutdown. That matches the assessment of Covid Act Now, which labels Texas a high-risk state. And for a bright spot to counter these harrowing figures, There's One Bit of Good News Amid All These Spiking Coronavirus Numbers.
Missouri: 74.5 percent
Reuters reports a nearly 75 percent rise in cases in Missouri: The additional 2,193 cases, represents an increase of 74.5 percent for the week ending in June 21. Missouri now has over 18,730 coronavirus cases and around 980 deaths. Covid Act Now lists the state as critical. While the infection rate (1.07) and the positive test rate (4.4 percent) are lower than other states on this list, Missouri only has enough contact tracers to trace 5 percent of COVID-19 infections in 48 hours. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.