These Are the Only 4 States Seeing COVID Cases Rise, Testing Czar Warns

While new cases have mostly been declining, these states still need to be worried.

Coronavirus cases across the United States have slowly been declining, and during a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services telebriefing, testing czar Brett Giroir, MD, said it's clear that "trends are going in the right direction." However, the situation is eerily similar to the case decline in May following peaks in April—which only caused a relaxed nature that resulted in a terrible July surge. And there are still states seeing COVID numbers rise.

"This thing could turn around very quickly if we're not careful. We saw that early on after Memorial Day, and the couple weeks afterward that sort of started the current outbreak, and it takes many weeks to get control over this once you institute measures," Giroir said. At the moment, he's keeping a close eye on these four states where COVID cases are now rising. And for more state efforts, Dr. Fauci Says These States Don't Need to Lock Down Again.


The suburban residential districts of Honolulu, Hawaii along the coastline just outside of downtown from about 1000 feet over the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii was only seeing around 20 to 30 new cases each day in mid-July. But it's slowly been rising ever since, and now their new daily cases are in the 100 to 200 range. According to The New York Times, Hawaii has seen an average of 236 new cases per day over the past week, which is an increase of 84 percent from the average just two weeks earlier. And for more on Hawaii's coronavirus efforts, discover The Surprising Source of Hawaii's COVID Surge, According to Officials.


A high angle view of San Francisco's business district on a sunny day.

California's coronavirus fight hasn't necessarily been a good one. Recently, it broke the country's record for coronavirus cases with more than 600,000 cases total. And over the past week, the state has experienced an average of 7,378 cases per day, which is an increase of 11 percent from the average two weeks earlier, per The New York Times data.


Downtown Indianapolis skyline with the Depew Memorial Fountain, Obelisk, park, and the Indiana World War Memorial in the foreground.

While Indiana doesn't have case numbers anywhere near California's, the state has certainly seen an increase from its average of 300 to 400 new daily cases in early July. The New York Times reports that Indiana has had an average of 853 new cases each day over the last week. That is a 4 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.


Downtown skyline view of Montpelier, USA. Montpelier is the capital city of Vermont.

Vermont has yet to see numbers that come anywhere close to the state's peak numbers in April, when they had 72 new cases on April 4. However, that doesn't mean their numbers aren't still rising. According to The New York Times, Vermont has had an average of 8 new cases every day—this is an increase of 83 percent from the state's numbers just two weeks earlier. And for more states in possible trouble, These States Could Be the Next to See a COVID Surge.

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