These 15 States All Had Record Average Daily COVID Case Counts This Week

Total confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed 15.1 million as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Here we look at 15 states that reported record average daily case counts in recent days, according to data compiled by JHU.

All case data below is from JHU and the average case counts reflect a seven-day average of cases. All population data below is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

California

  • Record average case count: 26,272 on December 8
  • Total cases: 1,422,351
  • Total population: 39,512,223

The average infection count in California has been rising on a steep incline from mid-October. The figure declined from late July, after rising from late March, according to JHU.

New Jersey

  • Record average case count: 5,211 on December 7
  • Total cases: 377,055
  • Total population: 8,882,190

The average case tally in New Jersey has been climbing sharply from late September, after dropping dramatically from early April and flattening out from mid-June, according to JHU.

Washington

  • Record average case count: 3,259 on December 8
  • Total cases: 187,327
  • Total population: 7,614,893

The average case tally in Washington has been increasing on a steep incline since late October, after flattening out from early March, according to JHU.

Oregon

  • Record average case count: 1,558 on December 7
  • Total cases: 87,082
  • Total population: 4,217,737

The average infection count in Oregon has been rising from early September, after rising from late May and declining from mid-July, according to JHU.

Nevada

  • Record average case count: 2,750 on December 7
  • Total cases: 173,284
  • Total population: 3,080,156

The average case tally in Nevada has been rising sharply from early September. The figure declined sharply from mid-July after rising sharply from early June, according to JHU.

Ohio

  • Record average case count: 13,264 on December 8
  • Total cases: 510,018
  • Total population: 11,689,100

The average case count in Ohio remained flat for most of the outbreak from late March, before increasing on a sharp incline from early October, according to JHU.

Arizona

  • Record average case count: 6,514 on December 8
  • Total cases: 378,157
  • Total population: 7,278,717

The average case tally in Arizona has been climbing sharply from early October, after declining sharply from early July. The figure remained flat from late March to late May before rising again through early July, according to JHU.

Tennessee

  • Record average case count: 5,535 on December 8
  • Total cases: 414,749
  • Total population: 6,829,174

The average case count in Tennessee has been increasing sharply since early October, after flattening out from late July and rising from late May before then, according to JHU.

South Carolina

  • Record average case count: 2,778 on December 7
  • Total cases: 236,954
  • Total population: 5,148,714

The average case count in South Carolina has been rising sharply from late October, after flattening out from mid-August. The figure rose sharply from late May before declining again from mid-July, according to JHU.

Oklahoma

  • Record average case count: 3,328 on December 7
  • Total cases: 220,686
  • Total population: 3,956,971

The average case tally in Oklahoma has been increasing from early June, rising on a sharper incline from late October, according to JHU.

West Virginia

  • Record average case count: 1,222 on December 8
  • Total cases: 58,462
  • Total population: 1,792,147

The average case count in West Virginia has been rising from late August, increasing sharply from early October. The figure remained flat from late March before then, according to JHU.

Virginia

  • Record average case count: 3,838, on December 8
  • Total cases: 267,191
  • Total population: 8,535,519

The average infection count in Virginia has been rising sharply from early October. The figure flattened out from late May and increased from late March before then, according to JHU.

Maryland

  • Record average case count: 2,912 on December 7
  • Total cases: 22,653
  • Total population: 6,045,680

The average case tally in Maryland has been rising on a steep incline from late October, after remaining flat from late July. The figure rose from late March before declining from mid-May to late June and rising again through late July, according to JHU.

Delaware

  • Record average case count: 802 on December 7
  • Total cases: 41,464
  • Total population: 973,764

The average infection count in Delaware has been rising sharply from late October, after flattening out for months from late April and increasing from late March before then, according to JHU.

New Hampshire

  • Record average case count: 733 on December 8
  • Total cases: 26,623
  • Total population: 1,359,711

The average case count in New Hampshire has been increasing sharply from mid-October, after flattening out for most of the outbreak from late March, according to JHU.

COVID-19 testing LA California December 2020
People waiting in line at a COVID-19 testing center in Los Angeles, California on December 8. California is among 15 states that have reported record average daily case counts this week. Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 68.4 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.5 million people have died worldwide and over 44.1 million have recovered as of Wednesday, according to Johns 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 countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

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