5 States Where New Coronavirus Cases Doubled Last Week
The number of new COVID-19 cases in these states is rising rapidly.
The country has seen some grim numbers over the past week, as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of abating. While some states are moving forward with their reopening plans, others have paused or are introducing new restrictions to try to slow the spread of the virus. It will take some time before we can see the results of these measures, but COVID-19 numbers from last week paint an alarming picture. Based on the week-to-week percentage increases for the week ending in June 28, here are five states where new coronavirus cases doubled. And if you're wondering why COVID-19 is on the rise nationwide, This Is Exactly Why Coronavirus Cases Are Surging, Harvard Doctor Says.
At one point, Washington—the country's first coronavirus hotspot—seemed to have contained the outbreak. But the numbers have gotten worse lately. For the week ending in June 28, the state saw an additional 3,179 cases, which represents a 181.3 percent rise in new cases, according to Reuters. Given the rapidly rising numbers, Gov. Jay Inslee made face masks mandatory in Washington last week. As of June 30, The New York Times reports over 34,000 total coronavirus cases in the state. And for more states to keep an eye on, These 3 States Are Now in a "Critical" COVID-19 Situation, Researchers Say.
Idaho currently has fewer than 5,800 coronavirus cases overall, but that number is growing quickly. On June 29, the state broke its record for new cases in a single day with 475. With 1,313 new cases last week, per Reuters, Idaho saw a 116.3 percent increase, which means that the number of new cases more than doubled. And if you're wondering what health officials are saying about this recent surge, the Former CDC Director Just Issued This Grim COVID-19 Warning.
Although Gov. John Bel Edwards recently paused reopening in Louisiana, it will be a couple weeks before we can see if those efforts have slowed the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Last week, there were 6,458 new cases, according to Reuters, a 104.4 percent rise. As of June 30, Louisiana has almost 57,200 coronavirus cases. And for states that have managed to control their outbreaks, These Are the Only Two States Seeing New COVID-19 Cases Decline.
Florida's numbers have been cause for concern for weeks, with experts warning that the state was set to become the next epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S. For the week ending in June 28, Reuters reports that the number of new cases more than doubled, with an additional 43,784 cases accounting for a 101.6 percent rise. The number of overall cases has since grown to over 146,300. Given the stark reality of the data, experts say that even mandatory mask laws—which Florida does not have—would not be enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Nevada is a state in need of urgent action, according to Ashish Jha, MD, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. Will the recent mask mandate issued by Gov. Steve Sisolak be enough? Based on some metrics, Nevada is experiencing the worst coronavirus spike in the nation, and the numbers from last week are not encouraging. Per Reuters, new cases nearly doubled, with 3,955 additional cases representing a 94.6 percent increase. As it stands, there are almost 18,000 COVID-19 cases in the state. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.