These 5 States Had the Most COVID Deaths Per Capita in Past Week

The U.S. reported a record daily coronavirus death toll of more than 3,770 on Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The country's total number of COVID-19 deaths is projected to pass 500,000 by early February, according to the latest forecast by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

Here we look at five states that have recorded the most deaths per 100,000 people in the past seven days, according to the latest report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The death counts below reflect a seven-day average of fatalities. All death data below is sourced from the CDC, Johns Hopkins and Worldometer, while all population data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Kansas

  • COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in past week: 1.7
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 2,985
  • Total population: 2,913,314

Kansas reported the country's highest number of deaths per 100,000 people in the past week, according to the CDC.

The state's average death count has been rising sharply since early October, after remaining flat for months since March, according to data compiled by Worldometer.

Rhode Island

  • COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in past week: 1.5
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 1,870
  • Total population: 1,059,361

The average death toll in Rhode Island has been rising sharply since early November, after declining from early May and flattening out from mid-July, according to Worldometer.

The state also reported the country's third-highest number of average daily cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, according to the CDC.

Pennsylvania

  • COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in past week: 1.4
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 16,536
  • Total population: 12,801,989

The average death tally in Pennsylvania has been increasing on a steep incline since mid-November, after declining from early May and remaining flat from late June, according to Worldometer.

Indiana

  • COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in past week: 1.3
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 8,663
  • Total population: 6,732,219

The average death toll in Indiana has been rising sharply since mid-October, after dropping from late April and flattening out from early July, according to Worldometer.

New Mexico

  • COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in past week: 1.3
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 2,594
  • Total population: 2,096,829

The average death tally in New Mexico has been climbing on a steep incline since late October, after remaining flat for most of the outbreak from early April, according to Worldometer.

California COVID-19 funeral December 2020
Pallbearers carry the casket of a COVID-19 victim at a service in Whittier, California, on December 31, 2020. A handful of states in the Midwest, Northeast and southwest reported the most coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people in the past week. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 86.7 million people, including just over 21 million in the U.S., since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.8 million people have died worldwide and more than 48.6 million have recovered as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

The graphic below, produced by Statista, shows states' COVID-19 vaccinations administered per 100 people in the U.S.

U.S. COVID vaccinations by state
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The graphic below, produced by Statista, shows the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

COVID-19 spread in U.S.
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