Average Daily COVID Cases Are Highest in These 7 States

Total confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. are approaching 17 million, as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Here we look at seven states that reported the highest average daily cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, according to the latest report Monday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Case data below is from JHU and the CDC, while the population data is from the U.S. Census Bureau. Average case counts reflect a seven-day average of cases.

Rhode Island

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 117.3
  • Highest average case count in last 7 days: 1,240.14 on December 8
  • Total confirmed cases: 74,071
  • Total population: 1,059,361

The average case count in Rhode Island reached a record high of 1,328 on December 6. The figure has been rising sharply since early October, after declining from late April and flattening out from early June, according to data compiled by JHU.

Tennessee

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 113.3
  • Highest average case count in last 7 days: 8,913 on December 14
  • Total confirmed cases: 464,624
  • Total population: 6,829,174

The average case tally in Tennessee hit a record high on Monday. The figure has been rising sharply since early November, after flattening out from late July. The average count increased from early June to late July, according to JHU.

Ohio

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 107.2
  • Highest average case count in last 7 days: 12,529 on December 10
  • Total confirmed cases: 570,602
  • Total population: 11,689,100

The average infection tally in Ohio hit a record high last week at 13,170 on December 10. The figure has been increasing sharply from mid-October, after flattening out since late March, according to JHU.

Indiana

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 93.5
  • Highest average case count in last 7 days: 6,400.86 on December 8
  • Total confirmed cases: 430,401
  • Total population: 6,732,219

The average case count in Indiana has been rising sharply since late September, after flattening out for months from early April. The figure peaked at 6,901 on December 3, according to JHU.

North Dakota

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 88.8
  • Highest average case count in last 7 days: 787.50 on December 12
  • Total confirmed cases: 88,067
  • Total population: 762,062

The average case tally in North Dakota has been declining sharply from November 15, when it peaked at 1,408, after rising on a steep incline from late August, according to JHU.

Arizona

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 88
  • Highest average case count in last 7 days: 8,180 on December 14
  • Total confirmed cases: 420,248
  • Total population: 7,278,717

The average infection toll in Arizona reached a record high on Monday. The figure has been rising sharply since late October, after declining from early July and flattening out from late August, according to JHU.

Nevada

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 88
  • Highest average case count in last 7 days: 2,721.50 on December 14
  • Total confirmed cases: 189,413
  • Total population: 3,080,156

The average case count in Nevada hit a record level last week at 2,762 on December 6. The figure has been rising sharply from mid-September, after declining from mid-July. The average count flattened out from late March before rising sharply from early June to mid-July, according to JHU.

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Masked performers in a show at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, pictured on November 28. Nevada is among the states that reported the highest average daily COVID-19 cases in the past week. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 72.9 million people, including over 16.5 million in the U.S., since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.6 million people have died worldwide and over 41.3 million have recovered as of Tuesday, according to John Hopkins University.

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

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The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows the countries with the highest COVID-19 death tolls.

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