These Are the Only 4 States Where COVID Cases Are Rising

There are signs of improvement, but new coronavirus cases are still increasing in these states.

The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, but you wouldn't be faulted for celebrating the signs of improvement. Almost all of the hardest-hit states are moving in the right direction, and new cases are down nationwide. This could be a major step forward in COVID containment—or it could be the calm before the next wave. For the time being, however, it's worth acknowledging progress, along with areas where work still has to be done. Based on The New York Times' data, these are the only four states where COVID cases are currently rising. And for states that need to be doing more to reverse course, These 4 States Should Be Locking Down This Month, Researchers Say.


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Throughout much of the pandemic in the U.S., Hawaii was considered one of the rare "safe" states, but a recent spike in cases and hospitalizations has residents and state officials concerned. In fact, Hawaii just re-instituted a quarantine for those traveling between the islands in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

According to the experts at Covid Act Now, Hawaii is at a "critical" risk level, with the highest infection rate in the country at 1.46. And the state's 12.7 daily new cases per 100,000 people is a "very large number of new cases." As of Aug. 11, there have been 3,615 COVID cases in Hawaii, resulting in 33 deaths. And for states to keep an eye on, check out these 6 States Where COVID Numbers Will Spike Soon, Researchers Say.


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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted about the city's "reckless behavior" on Aug. 8. In fact, it's these gatherings in Chicago that may be part of the reason coronavirus numbers in Illinois are on the rise. State officials have blamed young people not taking the situation seriously.

Now, Illinois has a higher daily new case rate than Hawaii: 13.7 cases per 100,000 people. So far, there have been over 197,300 COVID cases in Illinois, along with more than 7,850 deaths. And, like Hawaii, it's one of only four states that The New York Times says "have had recent growth in newly reported cases over the last 14 days." And for more places that need to contain their outbreaks, here are 9 Major Cities the White House Is Worried About.


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As of Aug. 11, there are new coronavirus restrictions in Massachusetts, a reflection of the rising case numbers in Boston and in the state as a whole. There are more limitations on restaurants and group gatherings, along with the enforcement of face mask mandates. "These parties are too big, too crowded, and people are simply not being responsible about face coverings, social distancing, or any of the major metrics that we've put in place to help people manage the spread of this virus," Gov. Charlie Baker said at an Aug. 7 press conference.

Massachusetts had been doing well up to this point, and its numbers are still promising, including a fairly low (though not fully contained) daily new case rate of 5.4 cases per 100,000 people, according to Covid Act Now. The infection rate of 1.07, however, indicates that COVID is still spreading within the state, and the recent uptick in new cases could quickly get worse. Overall, there have been 121,315 coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, with close to 8,740 deaths. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

South Dakota

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A motorcycle rally in South Dakota last week—bringing in 100,000 people amid the pandemic—brought attention to how the state is handling coronavirus. Observers and health experts are concerned about the surge the rally could cause, but South Dakota is already struggling with rising numbers.

The state is currently seeing 10.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people, with a high infection rate (1.12) that means "active cases are rapidly increasing." To date, The New York Times reports more than 9,660 COVID cases in South Dakota, and just over 145 deaths. And for more alarming coronavirus numbers, These 6 States Are Seeing the Biggest COVID Spikes in Kids.

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