The Eight States Where Coronavirus Cases Have Fallen More Than 50 Percent From Their Peaks

The novel coronavirus outbreak appears to have passed its peak in at least eight states. Washington state, Hawaii, Louisiana, Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho have seen their daily new infections drop by up to nearly 96 percent in some states, according to the latest figures from state health departments.

The U.S. remains the global epicenter of the outbreak, with more than 825,300 confirmed cases, as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

New cases in the country have been on a largely declining trend from around April 4, when it appears to have reached a peak at 34,403 new infections. The country recorded 25,985 new cases on April 21, a nearly 24 percent drop from the peak of the outbreak.

Here we take a closer look at the states that have seen a dramatic decline in new cases since their respective peaks.

1. Vermont

Decline in new cases since peak: 96 percent

Vermont saw its peak in new cases on April 3 (with 70 new infections) and dropped by nearly 96 percent on April 20, reporting three new infections, according to the latest figures from the Vermont Department of Health. The state has reported 818 total cases to date.

2. Wyoming

Decline in new cases since peak: 95 percent

Wyoming, which has at least 441 cases to date, reached its peak in new cases on March 20, with 19 new infections. While new cases spiked on a few occasions, including on March 22 and 26 as well as April 1 and 3, the figure was still lower on those days than it was at its peak.

The number of new cases fell to around one on April 19, a nearly 95 percent decrease since the peak, according to the latest figures from the Wyoming Department of Health.

3. Alaska

Decline in new cases since peak: 94 percent

Alaska appears to have reached its peak number of new cases around March 17, when it reported 17 new infections. Following a few sharp increases on March 23 and 29 as well as April 7, new infections reached a low of one by April 16, according to the latest figures from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

The state has seen a nearly 94 percent decrease in new infections since its peak. It has reported 329 cases to date.

4. Hawaii

Decline in new cases since peak: 93 percent

The curve of the outbreak in Hawaii started to peak in March, when the number of new cases saw a dramatic increase from 11 on March 15 to 29 on March 16. The figure peaked on March 17 to 30 before it began dipping for several days, with eight new cases reported on March 24, according to Hawaii's Department of Health.

While the state saw a few more increases in daily new infections between March 25 and April 13, the number of new cases continued on a downward slope and dropped to one by April 16.

The state has 586 confirmed cases to date, with two new infections reported on April 21, marking a nearly 93 percent drop from its peak.

Coronavirus, Schaefer Seafood, New Orleans, Louisiana, April
Customers practice social distancing while waiting to buy seafood at Schaefer Seafood in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 11, 2020. Getty Images

5. Washington

Decline in new cases since peak: 92 percent

The first COVID-19 case in the U.S. was reported in Washington state on January 21. Cases began to explode across the state in the wake of the outbreak, reaching its peak on March 23 with 434 new infections, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

New cases stayed on a mostly declining trend before growing again from April 13 and dropping again from April 18. It has since dropped to 36 on April 20, a nearly 92 percent dip from its peak in March, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

While at least 682 people have died, Washington managed to slow the spread of the virus, reporting only a fraction of the infections in New York, the country's worst-hit state, which has over 256,500 confirmed cases.

6. Montana

Decline in new cases since peak: 88 percent

The first case in the state was recorded on March 11 and the state reached the peak of the outbreak around March 26, when 35 new cases were reported. Montana has reported 437 confirmed cases to date, including four new cases, indicating a nearly 88 percent decrease in new infections since its peak, according to the latest report by the Montana State Library.

It took 13 days for the state to reach 100 cases and a month to hit 377 cases, according to the latest report by the state's health department on April 10.

"After the first 100 cases, growth has remained steady and increasing by another 100 cases for every 5 days. An even slower rate of growth had been detected for most recent case reports. Reports of COVID-19 continue to increase in Montana, but do not appear to grow exponentially," the department noted.

7. Louisiana

Decline in new cases since peak: 81 percent

New cases in Louisiana reached its highest point on March 26, when 1,262 new infections were reported. From then, the figure showed a mostly declining pattern through April, apart from a couple of dramatic spikes in new cases on April 2 and 9, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

On April 8, the state saw its largest drop, a nearly 81 percent decrease in new cases, since the peak in March, with 237 new infections, the department reports.

8. Idaho

Decline in new cases since peak: 59 percent

Idaho has reported 1,766 confirmed cases, including 30 new cases on April 21, according to the latest report from the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare.

The state saw its peak number of new infections on March 20, when 73 new cases were confirmed. The number fell on March 21, hovering around 50 until March 24.

New cases saw a sharp rise to 70 on March 25 before continuing on a mostly declining trend through April. Idaho reported a nearly 59 percent decrease from its peak number of new infections.

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

This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the U.S.
This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the U.S. Statista

Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.

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