10 U.S. States With Most COVID Cases Per 100,000 People in Past 7 Days

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have soared past 7.8 million, with nearly 216,000 reported deaths, as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Here we look at 10 states with the highest number of infections reported per capita (100,000 people) in the last seven days, according to the latest report Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Case data below is sourced from the CDC, unless otherwise stated. All population data below is from the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 2019.

1. North Dakota

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 72.9
  • Total cases: 28,245
  • Total population: 762,062

Average daily new cases in North Dakota increased from late June through October, peaking at 572 on October 12. The average count flattened out from March through late June, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

2. South Dakota

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 70.1
  • Total cases: 28,925
  • Total population: 884,659

Average daily new cases in South Dakota flattened out from mid-July to mid-September, before rising sharply through October. The average count peaked at 611 on October 9, according to JHU.

3. Montana

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 51.5
  • Total cases: 19,125
  • Total population: 1,068,778

The average daily case tally in Montana flattened out from mid-July to mid-September. The figure rose sharply through October, peaking at 611 on October 9, according to JHU.

4. Wisconsin

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 45.9
  • Total cases: 160,331
  • Total population: 5,822,434

Average daily new cases in Wisconsin increased for most of the outbreak, apart from from mid-July to early September when the average count flattened out, according to JHU.

5. Utah

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 36.7
  • Total cases: 86,832
  • Total population: 3,205,958

The average daily case tally in Utah increased from March to mid-July, before dropping through mid-August and flattening through early September. The figure then rose sharply through October, peaking at 1,229 on October 11, according to JHU.

6. Idaho

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 34.5
  • Total cases: 48,663
  • Total population: 1,787,065

Average daily new cases in Idaho increased from early September, after declining from late July. The daily case count flattened out from March to early June, before rising sharply through late July, according to JHU.

7. Nebraska

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 33.9
  • Total cases: 52,839
  • Total population: 1,934,408

Average daily new infections in Nebraska rose on a sharp incline from early September, after flattening out for months from May, according to JHU.

8. Iowa

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 32.6
  • Total cases: 100,194
  • Total population: 3,155,070

Average daily new cases in Iowa increased from early August, peaking at 1,177 on August 29, after flattening out from late April, according to JHU.

9. Oklahoma

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 29.9
  • Total cases: 106,484
  • Total population: 3,956,971

Average daily new infections in Oklahoma rose sharply from early June to late July, before dropping through late August. From then, the average count rose sharply through October, peaking at 1,234 on October 8, according to JHU.

10. Tennessee

  • Cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 29.5
  • Total cases: 217,682
  • Total population: 6,829,174

The average daily case tally in Tennessee rose sharply from late May through late July, when it peaked at 2,484 on July 29. The figure declined through late September, before rising again through October, according to JHU.

Downtown Broadway Tennessee coronavirus August 2020
People in the Broadway neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, pictured on August 7. The state is among the 10 states that have reported the most COVID-19 cases per capita in the last seven days, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 38.2 million people across the globe since it was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 7.8 million in the U.S. Globally, more than a million have died following infection, while more than 26.5 million have reportedly recovered as of Wednesday, according to JHU.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 across U.S. states.

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The graphic below, also produced by Statista, illustrates a survey of U.S. adults concerned about catching COVID-19.

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