5 New States That FEMA Is Secretly Worried About, Says Leaked Document
Even the farthest flung reaches of the U.S. are being impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks.
By now you likely know that public health officials are concerned about COVID-19 infection rates in states such as Florida, Arizona, and Texas. But according to an internal briefing document prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and obtained by The Washington Post, there's a new list of states where the coronavirus statistics have public officials worried—and some of them may surprise you. To learn which ones they are, read on. And for more up-to-the-minute information on COVID-19 outbreaks across the U.S., see how This One State Is About to Have the Single Worst Outbreak in the Country.
According to The New York Times, there have been at least 4,062 total cases and 23 deaths in Alaska as of August 4. But new data suggests that COVID-19 is spreading at a greater rate in Alaska than ever before, as the state just reported its single highest seven-day average yet.
Hawaii experienced a significant spike in daily cases over the past week. According to data reported by the state health department, there were 106 new cases reported on August 1st, compared to the seven cases reported on July 1st. Overall, there have been 2,448 cases of COVID-19 identified in Hawaii since the beginning of the outbreak. Of those cases, 8% have required hospitalization, according to the same dataset. And for more coronavirus news, know exactly how COVID Cases Are Rising in Every State.
As of August 4, Missouri's Department of Health reported nearly 53,000 total cases of coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak, which has led to more than 1,1250 deaths. On July 31, the state reported more than 1,300 cases, which is over three times the 300+ cases reported on July 1.
There is encouraging news for The Show-Me State, however. The state has reported more than 1,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, showing a dip in the most recent curve.
According to The COVID Tracking Project managed by The Atlantic, Montana has reported 4,233 cases of the coronavirus since the outbreak started, leading to 64 total deaths. New daily cases peaked at 151 on July 31, which is triple the 46 cases on June 31. Montanans can take solace in the fact that only 43 new cases reported on August 3rd.
The New York Times reports that, as of August 4, there have been at least 38,586 cases and 551 deaths in Oklahoma since the beginning of the pandemic. On August 1, there were 1,250 new daily cases, representing a stunning increase from 355 daily cases reported on July 1. On August 3, the state reported only 355 new cases, but that could be due to delayed reporting from the weekend.