One Week From Election, U.S. COVID Cases Are Rising in These States

Seven days before the 2020 U.S. presidential election, new coronavirus cases were reported to be rising in most of the country, including several key states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin.

The 42 states below have each reported an increase in average daily new cases over a 14-day period from October 13 to 26, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Daily case counts below reflect a three-day moving average of daily new infections reported from October 13 to 26.

1. California

  • Day 1 (October 13): 3,168.14
  • Day 14 (October 26): 4,268.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 4,699.80 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,928.86 on October 15

Average daily new cases in California were reported to be on an upward trend in the latest 14-day period. However, the average count has been declining since late July, when it peaked at 9,561 on July 21, and flattened out from mid-September to mid-October, according to JHU.

2. Texas

  • Day 1 (October 13): 4,470.86
  • Day 14 (October 26): 6,712.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 6,712.25 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 4,470.86 on October 13

The average daily case count in Texas was reported to be on an upward trend in the latest two-week period. However, the figure has been declining since mid-July, when it peaked at 10,572 on July 17, according to JHU.

3. Florida

  • Day 1 (October 13): 2,788
  • Day 14 (October 26): 3,480.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 3,896 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,788 on October 13

While average daily new infections in Florida statistically increased in the recent 14-day period, the average count has been declining sharply since mid-July, when it peaked at 11,870 on July 14, according to JHU.

4. New York

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,344.43
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,630.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,695.83 on October 24
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,344.43 on October 13

While New York saw a statistical rise in average daily new cases over the latest two-week period, the average count has been flattening out for months since early June. The figure rose sharply from mid-March to early April, the height of the outbreak when it peaked at 9,909 on April 7. Average daily new cases dropped dramatically after then through early June, according to JHU.

5. New Jersey

  • Day 1 (October 13): 827.29
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,324.75
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,324.75 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 827.29 on October 13

While the average daily case count in New Jersey statistically increased in the recent two-week period, the figure has been flattening out since early June, after declining sharply from early April, when it peaked at 3,674 on April 4, according to JHU.

6. Connecticut

  • Day 1 (October 13): 398.86
  • Day 14 (October 26): 681.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 681.50 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 398.86 on October 13

The average daily case count in Connecticut rose from early October, after dropping sharply from late April, when it peaked at 1,102 on April 19. It flattened out for months from early June, according to JHU.

7. Pennsylvania

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,405.14
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,961.75
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1983 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,405.14 on October 13

Average daily new cases in Pennsylvania have been rising since late June, after declining from early April and rising sharply from mid-March, according to JHU.

8. Illinois

  • Day 1 (October 13): 3,315.86
  • Day 14 (October 26): 4,987
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 4,987 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 3,315.86 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Illinois have been increasing since mid-June, rising on a sharp incline from early October. The average count rose from mid-March to early May before dipping through mid-June, according to JHU.

9. Wisconsin

  • Day 1 (October 13): 3,052.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 3,737.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 4,569 on October 22
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,278.57 on October 15

The average daily case tally in Wisconsin has been rising sharply since late August, after flattening out for months since mid-March, according to JHU.

10. Tennessee

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,784.29
  • Day 14 (October 26): 2,990
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,990 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,784.29 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Tennessee have been rising sharply from late September, after declining from late July. The average count increased sharply from early June before then, according to JHU.

11. Utah

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,238.14
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,634
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,634 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,221.43 on October 15

The average daily case count in Utah rose on a dramatic incline from early September, after briefly flattening out from mid-July and rising from mid-March, according to JHU.

12. Alabama

  • Day 1 (October 13): 987
  • Day 14 (October 26): 2,064
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,064 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 987 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Alabama have been rising sharply from early October, after declining from mid-July and flattening out from mid-August, according to JHU.

13. Georgia

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,259.71
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,586.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,626.20 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,259.71 on October 13

While average daily new cases in Georgia statistically increased in the latest 14-day period, the average count has been decreasing since late July, when it peaked at 3,747 on July 21, according to JHU.

14. South Carolina

  • Day 1 (October 13): 939.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,004
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,028.80 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 875.29 on October 21

While the average daily case count in South Carolina statistically increased in the latest two-week period, the figure sharply declined from mid-July and flattened out from mid-August, according to JHU.

15. Oklahoma

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,174.29
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,229
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,348 on October 22
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,121 on October 14

The average daily case count in Oklahoma has been increasing since early June, after flattening out from late March, according to JHU.

16. Michigan

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,614.71
  • Day 14 (October 26): 2,398
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,398 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,614.71 on October 13

The average daily case count in Michigan flattened out from late July to late September before rising on a sharp incline through October. The figure sharply increased from mid-March to early April before declining through early June and increasing until late July, according to JHU.

17. Colorado

  • Day 1 (October 13): 944.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,770
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,770 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 944.57 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Colorado have been rising sharply since late September, after flattening out for months since early April, according to JHU.

18. Kentucky

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,007.14
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,392
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,392 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,007.14 on October 13

The average daily case tally in Kentucky has been rising since late June, after flattening out from late March, according to JHU.

19. Massachusetts

  • Day 1 (October 13): 663.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,140.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,140.50 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 663.57 on October 13

Average daily new cases in Massachusetts have been rising since early September, after flattening out since early June. The average count increased sharply from early March to mid-April, when it peaked at 2307 on April 17, before declining sharply, according to JHU.

20. Nevada

  • Day 1 (October 13): 584.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 831.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 831.25 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 584.57 on October 13

The average daily case tally in Nevada rose sharply from early September, after declining since mid-July, when it peaked at 1,171 on July 17. The figure flattened out from mid-March to early June before rising sharply through mid-July, according to JHU.

21. Kansas

  • Day 1 (October 13): 690.86
  • Day 14 (October 26): 727.75
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 811 on October 18
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 690.86 on October 13

Average daily new cases in Kansas have been increasing since early June, after dipping from early May, according to JHU.

22. Arizona

  • Day 1 (October 13): 771.71
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,014.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,014.50 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 771.71 on October 13

While average daily new infections in Arizona were reported to be on an upward trend in the recent two-week period, the average count has flattened out since late August. The figure declined sharply from early July, when it peaked at 3,844 on July 3, according to JHU.

23. Arkansas

  • Day 1 (October 13): 889.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 982.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,048 on October 24
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 872.86 on October 16

Average daily new cases in Arkansas have been increasing throughout the outbreak since March, according to JHU.

24. New Mexico

  • Day 1 (October 13): 504.14
  • Day 14 (October 26): 802
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 802 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 504.14 on October 13

The average daily case count in New Mexico has been rising sharply since early September, after declining from late July, according to JHU.

25. Oregon

  • Day 1 (October 13): 344.14
  • Day 14 (October 26): 498
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 498 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 274 on October 19

The average daily case count in Oregon has been rising since early September, after dipping from late July. The figure remained flat from mid-March to late May before increasing through late July, according to JHU.

26. North Dakota

  • Day 1 (October 13): 639.71
  • Day 14 (October 26): 797.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 820 on October 22
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 639.71 on October 13

Average daily new cases in North Dakota have been on a steep upward trend since late June, after flattening out for months since March, according to JHU.

27. South Dakota

  • Day 1 (October 13): 655.71
  • Day 14 (October 26): 931
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 939 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 655.71 on October 13

The average daily case count in South Dakota has been rising since early August, peaking in late October, after flattening out for months since early March, according to JHU.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump at a rally in Glendale, California on October 4. California is among 42 states where average daily new cases increased in recent weeks. David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

28. Minnesota

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,440.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,805
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,805 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,440.57 on October 13

The average daily case tally in Minnesota has been increasing since mid-June, rising sharply from early September. The figure rose from late March to early May before dipping through mid-June, according to JHU.

29. Iowa

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,123.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 1,366.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,390 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,049.43 on October 18

Average daily new cases in Iowa have been rising since mid-June, after flattening out from mid-April, according to JHU.

30. Indiana

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,714.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 2,333.75
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,437 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,714.57 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Indiana have been rising sharply since late June, after declining from late April to late June, according to JHU.

31. Ohio

  • Day 1 (October 13): 1,698.43
  • Day 14 (October 26): 2,450
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,450 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,698.43 on October 13

The average daily case tally in Ohio has been increasing sharply from late September, after flattening out briefly from late July. Before then, the figure rose on a sharp incline from early June, according to JHU.

32. Idaho

  • Day 1 (October 13): 659.43
  • Day 14 (October 26): 860.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 896 on October 24
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 659.43 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Idaho rose sharply from early September, after declining since mid-July. The average count flattened out from late March to mid-June before rising sharply through mid-July, according to JHU.

33. Montana

  • Day 1 (October 13): 599.43
  • Day 14 (October 26): 715.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 758 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 586.86 on October 14

The average daily case count in Montana has been rising on a sharp incline since early September, after flattening out for months since March, according to JHU.

34. Maryland

  • Day 1 (October 13): 595.71
  • Day 14 (October 26): 716.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 721.60 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 595.71 on October 13

The average daily case tally in Maryland statistically increased in the recent two-week period. However, the figure has been declining since late July and flattening out from late August, according to JHU.

35. Delaware

  • Day 1 (October 13): 128.14
  • Day 14 (October 26): 160
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 160 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 124 on October 22

While average daily new cases in Delaware were reported to have statistically increased in the latest 14-day period, the average count has flattened out from mid-June. Before then, the figure declined from late April, when it peaked at 235 on April 25, according to JHU.

36. Hampshire

  • Day 1 (October 13): 777.1
  • Day 14 (October 26): 101
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 101 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 68.86 on October 15

Average daily new cases in New Hampshire rose sharply from late September, after flattening out from late June and declining from early May, according to JHU.

37. Hawaii

  • Day 1 (October 13): 79
  • Day 14 (October 26): 93.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 95.20 on October 25
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 79 on October 13

The average daily case tally in Hawaii statistically increased in the recent two-week period. However, the figure has been declining sharply since late August, when it peaked at 255 on August 26, according to JHU.

38. Wyoming

  • Day 1 (October 13): 190
  • Day 14 (October 26): 340
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 340 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 190 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Wyoming have been increasing on a steep incline since early September, peaking in late October. The average count from March through August, according to JHU.

39. Rhode Island

  • Day 1 (October 13): 199.57
  • Day 14 (October 26): 357.50
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 396 on October 24
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 199.57 on October 13 to 15

The average daily case count in Rhode Island has been rising since late September, after declining from late April and flattening out for months from early June, according to JHU.

40. Maine

  • Day 1 (October 13): 28.29
  • Day 14 (October 26): 47
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 47 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 28.29 on October 13

The average daily case count in Maine has been increasing since early August, after declining from late May, when it peaked at 53 on May 21, according to JHU.

41. Vermont

  • Day 1 (October 13): 9.86
  • Day 14 (October 26): 24
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 24 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 9.86 on October 13

Average daily new infections in Vermont have been rising sharply since early October, after flattening out for months from late April. Before then, the average count was on a sharp decline from early April, when it peaked at 41 on April 6, according to JHU.

42. Alaska

  • Day 1 (October 13): 195.25
  • Day 14 (October 26): 380
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 380 on October 26
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 184.86 on October 15

Average daily new cases in Alaska have been rising sharply since late September, after flattening out for months from March to late June. The average count rose again through late July before flattening out again through late September, according to JHU.

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 43.6 million people across the globe since it was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 8.7 million in the U.S. Globally, more than 1.1 million have died following infection, while more than 29.2 million have reportedly recovered as of Tuesday, according to JHU.

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

Spread of COVID-19 in U.S.
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