Two weeks into December, experts are trying to grasp the severity of the post-Thanksgiving COVID surge while the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country. And with Christmas approaching, healthcare professionals are worried the situation could escalate further. The situation in the U.S. is dire. It’s not only that more people are contracting the virus: Hospitalizations are also on the rise throughout the country, and deaths are climbing. Numbers are trending downward in some of the hardest-hit states, but they’re still far too high to contain the virus, with many areas experiencing the worst numbers they’ve seen all year. The influx of information can be daunting: It seems that coronavirus is rising everywhere. But how bad is the COVID outbreak in your state?
There are countless ways to measure the level of outbreak in any particular area. One of the most effective is to look at the rate of daily new cases per 100,000 people, which is how the Brown School of Public Health’s COVID Risk Levels color-coded map measures the severity of coronavirus hotspots throughout the U.S. A rate of less than 1 case per 100,000 people is colored green, meaning “on track for containment,” but there are no longer any green states on the map.
Instead, states are yellow (“community spread”) for 1 to 9 cases per 100,000 people; orange (“accelerated spread”) for 10 to 24 cases per 100,000 people; or red (“tipping point”) for 25 or more cases per 100,000 people. As of Dec. 7, almost every state is red, with only one state remaining yellow and one state still orange. With all U.S. states at drastically elevated risk levels, it’s hard to imagine what containment looks like.
From fewest to most daily new coronavirus cases, here is how your state is faring. And for places trying to get the crisis under control, These States Are Locking Down Again Amid COVID.
Challenging times ahead! Be ready with the Procuro PIMM Health Check App – a non-intrusive way of protecting employees and family safety in light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Global Pandemic.