These Are the Only 5 States Where COVID Cases Are Rising

Despite national numbers continuing to plummet, these areas are seeing cases spike.

We've now passed the unofficial start of summer, and the good news is, the United States continues to see its daily average of COVID-19 cases drop. Along with that decline comes an increasing number of signs of life returning to "normal"—for example, the number of air travelers during Memorial Day weekend 2021 was more than five times higher than it was in the same period last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But not all areas are seeing numbers trend in the right direction. Figures reported over the weekend show that there are some states where COVID cases are still rising, according to data from The Washington Post.

Overall, the United States has posted a drastic decline of 46 percent in the daily average of new COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days, according to The New York Times. But heading into the long weekend, one expert explained that while things are certainly improving, it's still too soon to say the pandemic is truly over.

"I don't think we should declare mission accomplished. I think that we should declare a near-term victory," Scott Gottlieb, MD, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said during an appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box on May 28. "I think we've done enough to give ourselves an opportunity to enjoy the summer and be at low risk this summer, [but] I do think that this is going to be a risk as we get into the fall and probably more likely the winter."

During another interview later in the day with CNBC's Closing Bell, Gottlieb warned that spikes were still possible in certain areas. "There's pockets around the country where vaccination rates are low, where there are people who haven't been infected, so you're going to see outbreaks," he said. But, he added, "I don't think we're going to see anything on the scale of what we've seen in the past."

At the moment, there are only five states where numbers are going up, including some areas seeing double-digit percentage increases in their weekly reported case averages. Read on to see which states are seeing rising COVID cases, according to June 1 data from The Washington Post.

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Missouri

The skyline of Kansas City, Missouri at sunset.
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New cases in the last seven days: 7 cases per 100,000 people

Percent increase in the last seven days: 3 percent

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4
Arizona

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New cases in the last seven days: 8 cases per 100,000 people

Percent increase in the last seven days: 14 percent

3
Louisiana

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New cases in the last seven days: 9 cases per 100,000 people

Percent increase in the last seven days: 17 percent

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Montana

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New cases in the last seven days: 8 cases per 100,000 people

Percent increase in the last seven days: 19 percent

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Washington

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New cases in the last seven days: 16 cases per 100,000 people

Percent increase in the last seven days: 46 percent

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Zachary Mack
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