Average Daily COVID Cases Are Highest in These 8 States

The seven-day average of coronavirus cases in the U.S. hit another record high on Thursday, reaching 212,969 on December 10. The average case count has been rising sharply since early October, according to data compiled by Worldometer.

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

Case data below is from Johns Hopkins University (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: 125.6
  • Total confirmed cases: 69,247
  • Total population: 1,059,361

The average case count in Rhode Island hit a record high of 1,540 on Wednesday. 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.

North Dakota

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 105.3
  • Total confirmed cases: 86,707
  • Total population: 762,062

The average infection count in North Dakota statistically increased in a recent two-week period from November 26 to December 9. However, the figure 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.

Indiana

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 101.13
  • Total confirmed cases: 404,935
  • Total population: 6,732,219

The average case tally in Indiana has been rising sharply since late September, after flattening out for most of the outbreak since early April. The figure peaked last week at 6,901 on December 3, according to JHU.

Ohio

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 100.4
  • Total confirmed cases: 531,850
  • Total population: 11,689,100

The average infection count in Ohio hit a record high on Wednesday at 13,170. The figure has been rising sharply from mid-October, after flattening out for months since late March, according to JHU.

South Dakota

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 94.2
  • Total confirmed cases: 88,727
  • Total population: 884,659

The average case tally in South Dakota has been declining since early November when it peaked at 1,458 on November 11. The figure remained flat from early April before rising on a sharp incline from late August, according to JHU.

Idaho

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 93.4
  • Total confirmed cases: 118,028
  • Total population: 1,787,065

The average case count in Idaho reached a record high of 1,638 on December 6. The figure has been rising sharply since early September, after declining from mid-July, according to JHU.

Alaska

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 93.2
  • Total confirmed cases: 39,345
  • Total population: 731,545

The average case tally in Alaska has been increasing since early June, rising on a steep incline from late September and hitting a peak of 714 on December 5. The figure remained flat from late March to early June, according to JHU.

Minnesota

  • Average daily cases per 100,000 in last 7 days: 92.3
  • Total confirmed cases: 367,218
  • Total population: 5,639,632

The average infection count in Minnesota has been decreasing since mid-November. The figure reached a record high of 7,052 on November 17, after rising sharply from late September and flattening out from late April, according to JHU.

Minnesota National Guard COVID-19 testing December 2020
A Minnesota National Guard member assisting a woman with a virus test at a COVID-19 testing facility in Stillwater, Minnesota on December 10. Minnesota is among the states that recorded the highest average daily cases per 100,000 people in the past week. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 69.6 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.5 million people have died worldwide and over 44.9 million have recovered as of Friday, according to JHU.

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

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The graphic below, produced by Statista, shows countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

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The graphic below, produced by Statista, compares average COVID-19 case tallies in the U.S. and the European Union.

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