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Dr. Fauci Warns These States Have 'Really High' COVID Rates

"You look at New York City right now....That's what you want the whole country to be."

When it comes to the fight against the coronavirus, we're wearing masks, we're socially distanced, we're washing our hands. So what does success look like—at least until there is a vaccine? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, says to look at the percentage of positive coronavirus tests in your state. "There are parts of the country where it's 15, 18, 20%, that's really high," he said. "The percent of your tests that you do that are actually positive, it's gotta be a very low number."

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, these are the five states where the percentage of positive tests are the highest (per a seven-day rolling average) as of Aug. 19. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.



Las Vegas, Nevada, USA skyline over the strip at dusk.

Percent positive tests: 17.1%

On Aug. 18, CBS 8 Las Vegas reported 672 new COVID-19 cases in Nevada and 618 in Clark County (which houses Las Vegas) in the last day. The number of hospitalizations rose on Aug. 18 for the first time in five days.



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Percent positive tests: 16.6%

On Aug. 18, the state reported 384 new coronavirus cases in the last day. On Friday, Aug. 14, officials reported 265 deaths due to coronavirus — the most the state has reported in a single day since the pandemic began.



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Percent positive tests: 16.4%

According to WESH Channel 2, Florida officials reported 219 more COVID-19 related deaths on Aug. 18. The number of new cases was less than 4,000 for the third consecutive day. But at the same time, the number of tests given declined.



Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline over the Capitol Building.

Percent positive tests: 15.9%

On Aug. 18, state health officials announced that 71 of Mississippi's 82 counties have reported COVID-19 cases in schools, including 45 Mississippi teachers and 199 students who have tested positive for coronavirus.



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Percent positive tests: 13.0%

Infection rates remain high in the state, pushing past the 10 percent positive testing rate that Gov. Greg Abbott said in May would indicate a "red flag."


What You Can Do, Wherever You Are

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As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been published on Beachbody and Openfit. A contributing writer for Eat This, Not That!, he has also been published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview, and many others. Read more about Michael
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