Coronavirus Cases Are Falling in These 9 States

While novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. continue to soar across the country, approaching nearly four million, nine states have seen decreases in new infections over the past 14 days, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The percentage decrease for each state was calculated by comparing new case numbers for the weeks of July 8-14 and July 15-21.

New Jersey, which has over 177,200 confirmed cases to date, saw the largest drop in the country over the past two weeks. The state reported 1,372 new cases from July 15-21, which marked a 32.6 percent decrease from the 2,037 new cases reported the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The state is part of the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut which issued a joint travel advisory last month for those returning from "states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19," the New York State Department of Health noted.

Travelers entering the tri-state area from such states are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within the applicable state.

9 states where new COVID-19 cases decreased in the past 14 days

(according to case data from July 8 to 21 compiled by Johns Hopkins University)

1. New Jersey

Decrease: 32.6 percent
July 15 to 21: 1,372
July 8 to 14: 2,037

2. Hawaii

Decrease: 20.2 percent
July 15 to 21: 154
July 8 to 14: 193

3. West Virginia

Decrease: over 15.1 percent
July 15 to 21: 765
July 8 to 14: 902

4. Iowa

Decrease: 14.2 percent
July 15 to 21: 3,185
July 8 to 14: 3,713

5. Florida

Decrease: 12.5 percent
July 15 to 21: 68,000
July 8 to 14: 77,800

6. Arizona

Decrease: 10 percent
July 15 to 21: 20,700
July 8 to 14: 23,000

7. Arkansas

Decrease: 9.2 percent
July 15 to 21: 4,843
July 8 to 14 5,339

8. Rhode Island

Decrease: 8.2 percent
July 15 to 21: 398
July 8 to 14: 434

9. North Carolina

Decrease: 4.3 percent
July 15 to 21: 13,200
July 8 to 14: 13,800

New Jersey boardwalk July 2020
People walking along a boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey on July 3, 2020. Getty Images

The number of daily new cases in the U.S. has been increasing on a sharper incline from about June 9. The country reported around 77,300 new infections on July 16, the highest daily case count recorded since the outbreak began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Over 14.9 million people across the globe have been infected since the virus was first reported in Wuhan, China. More than 8.5 million globally have reportedly recovered from infection, while over 617,800 have died, as of Wednesday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The graphics below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the U.S. states with the most COVID-19 cases.

States with most COVID-19 cases
The U.S. states with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases. STATISTA

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. states and the European Union.

New COVID-19 cases in U.S. vs EU
Average number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and the European Union. STATISTA