These States Are in the White House's "Red Zone," Says Leaked Document

A leaked document reveals the specific states that the White House is seriously concerned about.

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Nearly all states in the U.S.—46, to be exact—have seen new COVID-19 cases increase in the last week, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. So, at this point, it can be hard to know which states are in the most critical situations. Now, a new leaked White House document reveals that nearly 40 percent of U.S. states are in what they call the "red zone," meaning they've had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the week ending July 14. The document was obtained and published by the Center for Public Integrity, and it has reportedly been shared within the federal government, but does not appear to have been posted publicly by any government officials. To find out if your state is one of those the White House is secretly concerned about, read on—they are listed here from least new cases per 100,000 people to most. And for more states medical experts say need to lock down again, check out 7 States That Are Headed for a "Full Shutdown."

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Oklahoma

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102 new cases per 100,000 people last week

The Sooner State may be the least worrisome of the 18 states on this list, since it saw just over 100 new cases per 100,000 people last week. But it did have a 48 percent increase in new coronavirus cases from the previous week, according to the leaked document.

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North Carolina

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107 new cases per 100,000 people last week

North Carolina is also doing relatively well compared to other states on this list, but 25 of its 100 counties are in the "red zone," indicating grave concern to public health officials. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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Iowa

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116 new cases per 100,000 people last week

According to the leaked document, Iowa saw a 30 percent rise in new coronavirus cases in the past week and a 15 percent rise in COVID-19-related deaths.

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Kansas

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125 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Things are not looking good in Kansas, which saw a 150 percent rise in new coronavirus cases in the past week and a 30 percent rise in COVID-19-related deaths. Its positive test rate also went up 1.2 percent. And for more of a state-by-state analysis, check out Here's How Quickly Coronavirus Is Spreading in Every State.

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Arkansas

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139 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Arkansas' new COVID-19 cases were up 8 percent from the previous week, but more concerning is that the state doesn't appear to be doing enough testing. Overall tests were down nearly 41 percent last week, according to the leaked document.

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Utah

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140 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Utah saw a 16 percent increase in new coronavirus cases compared to the previous week, as well as a jarring 73 percent increase in COVID-19-related deaths. And to see other states in similar situations, check out These Are the 9 States Where the COVID Death Rate Is Rising.

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California

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153 new cases per 100,000 people last week

California's new cases are up 37 percent from the previous week and the state's number of deaths due to COVID is also up nearly 43 percent, according to the leaked document. And for more on the situation in California, check out 9 States That Have Reversed Their Reopenings as Coronavirus Surges.

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Tennessee

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155 new cases per 100,000 people last week

The Volunteer State saw a 17 percent increase in new coronavirus cases from the previous week and a 54 percent increase in deaths due to the virus.

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Mississippi

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165 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Mississippi is another in a list of deep southern states to make the White House's list. According to the leaked document, new cases are up 7 percent from the previous week, and COVID-related deaths are up 41 percent. Also worth noting is that testing is down 31 percent, as well.

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Idaho

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167 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Idaho could be one of the next COVID hotspots if it doesn't make some serious changes. The state saw a 59 percent rise in new coronavirus cases in the past week, and a terrifying 350 percent rise in COVID-19-related deaths.

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Nevada

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173 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Most concerning for the people in Nevada? In the past week, there has been a 70 percent increase in COVID-related deaths.

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Alabama

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177 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Alabama's new COVID-19 cases rose 12.5 percent from the previous week, according to the leaked document, and 51 of its 67 counties are in the "red zone" as well.

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Georgia

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202 new cases per 100,000 people last week

The state of Georgia was among the very first states to reopen, and not without a fair amount of controversy. Its new cases are up almost 21 percent and COVID-related deaths are up 65 percent compared to the previous week, according to the White House document.

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Texas

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206 new cases per 100,000 people last week

The Lone Star State has received a lot of attention for its recent spike in cases. Texas saw a 29 percent increase in new coronavirus cases from the previous week and a 96 percent increase in COVID-19-related deaths.

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South Carolina

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214 new cases per 100,000 people last week

South Carolina has reported a 45 percent increase in COVID-related deaths from the previous week and 36 of its 46 counties are considered to be in the "red zone," too.

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Louisiana

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243 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Louisiana, which was initially also hit hard by COVID, saw a 33 percent rise in new coronavirus cases in the past week and an 11 percent increase in COVID-19-related deaths.

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Florida

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308 new cases per 100,000 people last week

Earlier this week, Florida set the record for most new daily cases in any state nationwide. The state has also seen a rise in COVID-related deaths by almost 31 percent compared to the previous week.

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Arizona

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349 cases per 100,000 people last week

Arizona saw a 16 percent increase in COVID-related deaths from the previous week and testing also went down almost 9 percent. Read more on the situation in Arizona here: This State Is Locking Down Again for 30 Days as COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket.

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