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COVID Cases are Rising in These 45 States

The Delta variant is sparking new surges across the country.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

COVID-19 cases are now rising in 45 states, and have doubled over three weeks, as the more transmissible, and more dangerous, Delta variant blasts through everywhere from Mississippi to New York City. "It is certainly no coincidence that we are looking at exactly the time that we would expect cases to be occurring after the July Fourth weekend," Dr. Bill Powderly, co-director of the infectious-disease division at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis, told the AP. Is your state in danger? Is your state on this list? Read on to see which 45 states have COVID cases rising—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

1

Alabama

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7-Day Average: 560

Total Reported Cases: 555,215

"Unvaccinated people represent an overwhelming percentage of Alabama's COVID deaths since April, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Alabama has recorded 529 COVID deaths since April 1. Of those, only 20 people were fully vaccinated, meaning slightly over 96% were unvaccinated," according to AL.com. "COVID-19 vaccines are our best defense in preventing serious disease as well as deaths, and this is especially important as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads," State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. "While it is possible to get any strain of the virus, infected people are much less likely to experience complications or hospitalizations if fully vaccinated."

2

Alaska

Anchorage Alaska skyline in winter at dusk with the Chugach mountains behind.
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7-Day Average: 71

Total reported cases: 68,977

3

Arizona

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7-Day Average: 813

Total reported cases: 901,562

4

California

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7-Day Average: 3,307

Total reported cases: 3,736,534

"Covid-19 infections in California are on the rise, as public health officials in the US west warn that the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus is fast gaining ground," according to the Guardian. "For the week-long period ending Tuesday, California saw an average of approximately 1,143 new Covid-19 cases a day, up 30% from mid-June. The increase started shortly after California's reopening on 15 June, the Los Angeles Times reports."

5

Colorado

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7-Day Average: 483

Total reported cases: 563,086

6

Connecticut

Stamford, Connecticut
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7-Day Average: 80

Total reported cases: 350,039

7

Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida (US)
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7-Day Average: 3,400

Total reported cases: 2,364,374

"Florida's COVID epidemic is on the rise again, driven by outbreaks in the Miami area, Jacksonville and the Panhandle," reports the Miami Herald. "Several months after highly effective and safe vaccines have been made available to the general public over the age of 12, physicians at Miami-Dade's public Jackson Health System were treating about twice as many COVID patients over the weekend as they had been earlier this month. As of Monday, 101 patients with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were admitted throughout Jackson Health System."

8

Georgia

Downtowntown Atlanta, Georgia Skyline.
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7-Day Average: 512

Total reported cases: 907,658

9

Hawaii

7-Day Average: 85

Total reported cases: 38,481

10

Idaho

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7-Day Average: 106

Total reported cases: 195,917

11

Illinois

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7-Day Average: 648

Total reported cases: 1,397,089

"The recent surge of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the delta variant, have been found in areas of lower vaccination rates, according to Illinois' top doctor," says NBC Chicago. "There is a very clear connection between where those case rates are growing the fastest and how well that area is vaccinated," Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "I.e. the more highly vaccinated areas are having lower case rates."

12

Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA skyline over Soliders' and Sailors' Monument at dusk.
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7-Day Average: 455

Total reported cases: 761,534

13

Kansas

Kansas State Capitol Building on a Sunny Day
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7-Day Average: 371

Total reported cases: 321,109

14

Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky, USA skyline on the river.
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7-Day Average: 303

Total reported cases: 467,612

15

Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA street cars.
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7-Day Average: 1,056

Total reported cases: 489,951

"Louisiana health officials sounded the alarm on rising COVID cases among unvaccinated people on Tuesday, releasing a flurry of worrisome statistics suggesting the delta variant, a highly transmissible version of the coronavirus, is continuing to spread throughout the state," reports NOLA.com. "The data are very clear," said Dr. Joseph Kanter, Louisiana's state health officer, in a press release. "COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated people in Louisiana are surging."

16

Maryland

Colorful row houses on Guilford Avenue, in Charles Village, Baltimore, Maryland.
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7-Day Average: 90

Total reported cases: 463,265

17

Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts, USA historic skyline at dusk.
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7-Day Average: 131

Total reported cases: 665,359

18

Michigan

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7-Day Average: 196

Total reported cases: 1,001,745

19

Minnesota

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7-Day Average: 118

Total reported cases: 606,484

20

Mississippi

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7-Day Average: 381

Total reported cases: 324,853

"Dr. Alan Jones, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said the hospital is treating four pediatric COVID-19 patients. Two are on ventilators," according to WAPT. "We have had more pediatric admissions than we had early in the pandemic," Jones said. Says the network: "Dobbs also said that 'pretty much' all cases in Mississippi right now are the delta variant. He said the vast majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are of people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19."

21

Missouri

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7-Day Average: 1,304

Total reported cases: 632,863

22

Montana

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7-Day Average: 65

Total reported cases: 114,325

23

Nebraska

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7-Day Average: 0

Total reported cases: 224,488

Despite that low number: "Lincoln doctors are worried as COVID-19 numbers are going the wrong direction. In fact, in Lancaster County there's been more than a 50% increase in COVID-19 cases reported since July 1," says 1011 Now. "This is a trend seen across the entire state with the New York Times reporting a 104% increase in new COVID-19 cases in Nebraska in the last two weeks, and Bryan Health officials said the cause is largely people choosing not to get vaccinated."

"If you've been waiting on the sidelines," Dr. John Trapp, Bryan Health, told the network. "Now is the time to get vaccinated."

24

Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA skyline over the strip at dusk.
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7-Day Average: 712

Total reported cases: 339,745

"New COVID-19 cases in Nevada rose above 1,600 along with 10 deaths over the weekend, according to data released Monday," reports 8 News Now. "The state's coronavirus test positivity rate continues to shoot up, hitting 9.5%, data shows. Clark County's 10.7% test positivity rate is fueling the increase in Nevada. Southern Nevada accounted for 1,547 of the 1,673 cases reported statewide since Friday."

25

New Hampshire

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7-Day Average: 33

Total reported cases: 100,496

26

New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey, USA skyline on the Passaic River.
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7-Day Average: 389

Total reported cases: 1,026,649

27

New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
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7-Day Average: 119

Total reported cases: 206,551

28

New York

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7-Day Average: 590

Total reported cases: 2,103,804

"Fueled by the Delta variant, daily coronavirus case counts in New York City have climbed in recent days, even as the city seems determined to turn the page on the pandemic," reports the NY Times. "Just a few weeks ago, there were only 200 new cases a day across the city on average, the lowest level since the early days of the pandemic. But in the past week, the city had a stretch of several days of 400 or more cases. And the test positivity rate has doubled: from below 0.6 percent on average to about 1.3 percent."

29

North Carolina

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7-Day Average: 705

Total reported cases: 1,019,304

30

North Dakota

A BNSF Railway locomotive pushes on the rear of an empty coal train in the North Dakota Badlands
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7-Day Average: 15

Total reported cases: 110,857

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31

Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio, USA downtown skyline on the river.
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7-Day Average: 343

Total reported cases: 1,114,491

"New coronavirus cases leaped in Ohio in the week ending Sunday, rising 24.5% as 1,978 cases were reported. The previous week had 1,589 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19," reports the Mansfield News Journal. "Ohio ranked 36th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows."

32

Oklahoma

Skyline of Oklahoma City, OK with OKC sign and ferris wheel
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7-Day Average: 245

Total reported cases: 459,207

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33

Oregon

Sunrise View of Portland, Oregon from Pittock Mansion.
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7-Day Average: 242

Total reported cases: 210,729

34

Pennsylvania

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7-Day Average: 186

Total reported cases: 1,214,320

35

Rhode Island

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7-Day Average: 28

Total reported cases: 152,842

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36

South Carolina

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7-Day Average: 295

Total reported cases: 600,027

37

Tennessee

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7-Day Average: 509

Total reported cases: 870,971

As cases rise, so does controversy. "The Tennessee Department of Health will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach – not just for coronavirus, but all diseases – amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers, according to an internal report and agency emails obtained by the Tennessean. If the health department must issue any information about vaccines, staff are instructed to strip the agency logo off the documents," reports the paper. "The health department will also stop all COVID-19 vaccine events on school property, despite holding at least one such event this month. The decisions to end vaccine outreach and school events come directly from Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, the internal report states."

38

Texas

Historic City Clock at the Intersection of Main Street and Texas Street at Night Houston, Texas, USA
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7-Day Average: 1,821

Total reported cases: 3,007,562

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39

Utah

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7-Day Average: 586

Total reported cases: 420,214

40

Vermont

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7-Day Average: 10

Total reported cases: 24,489

41

Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, USA downtown skyline on the James River.
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7-Day Average: 237

Total reported cases: 682,856

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42

Washington

Seattle skyline at sunset, WA, USA
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7-Day Average: 604

Total reported cases: 456,709

43

West Virginia

West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
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7-Day Average: 69

Total reported cases: 164,635

"This Delta variant is coming to West Virginia in a bigger way than it is today," Gov. Jim Justice said. "I hope and pray that it doesn't come to West Virginia and run across our state like wild, but the odds are it will. It's moving across our nation. In some places, hospitals are scrambling around trying to find additional respirators. It sounds awfully familiar to the horror stories that we went through over the last year and saw all over the place."

44

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA downtown city skyline on Lake Michigan at twilight.
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7-Day Average: 155

Total reported cases: 678,944

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45

Wyoming

Sunrise at Devils Tower, Wyoming
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7-Day Average: 99

Total reported cases: 63,138

No matter where you live, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more