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These 5 States Have "Way Too Many" COVID Cases

The Northeast and two outliers can’t seem to bring cases down.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

We are in what Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, calls a "race" between the vaccine and the coronavirus. And some states are losing the race. Cases rose 8% nationwide, according to the CDC, with some concerning trends in certain areas. Read on to see which states don't have cases going down right now—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.


New Jersey

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New Jersey had 25,047 cases, a few thousand less than the previous week, but still too many to celebrate. "Gov. Phil Murphy said on Wednesday that the stoppage of Johnson & Johnson immunizations will impact COVID vaccines while cases continue to remain high. But state officials said the problems shouldn't scare anyone away from getting vaccinated against the coronavirus," reports Patch. "We understand that concerns about J&J may increase your hesitancy," New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said during a news conference. "It is vital that as many people get vaccinated to beat COVID-19 in our state, where we have lost 1 in 500 New Jerseyans to this virus." "The efficacy against hospitalizations, severe illness, death, all three of these vaccines are money good," Murphy said.


New York

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New York had 26,047 cases, about as many as the week before, a.k.a. too many. "Coronavirus variants now account for nearly 80 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the Big Apple, city health officials reported Thursday. The home-grown New York City variant — which health officials suspect is more contagious than the original strain — accounted for 45 percent of the samples examined between March 22 and March 28, according to the most recent report from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene," reports the New York Post.



Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

"More and more Pennsylvanians are getting vaccinated every day, While thousands of others are testing positive for COVID-19 at the same time. While it's a troubling trend, state health officials and infectious disease experts agree there's no need to lockdown again. But they also agree, we do need to be careful," says ABC. "What we're seeing is cases shift in demographics to younger people, people who are more likely to be risk-tolerant and also most likely not to have been vaccinated yet because vaccine rollout has been slow to get to those groups," Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Pittsburgh based infectious disease, critical care and emergency medicine physician, told the channel.



West Palm Beach, Florida (US)

"New coronavirus cases leaped in Florida in the week ending Sunday, rising 12.1% as 42,407 cases were reported. The previous week had 37,821 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19," reports the Tallahassee Democrat. "Florida ranked 11th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 490,277 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 10.3% from the week before. Across the country, 35 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before."

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And the #1 State With the Worst Outbreak is…Michigan

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How bad is it in Michigan? Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said Michigan should "shut down" due to its COVID outbreak, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asks the White House to instead deliver more vaccines. The Michigan hospital system is sounding an alarm. "These variants have been game-changers. And in particular, right now on an international stage, understand we are entering the darkest days," Michael Osterholm, the noted epidemiologist, said last Thursday on his podcast. "Those that don't want to believe it, that's your problem. If you go look at the numbers, it's painful to see what's happening globally." He added: "We're not driving this tiger, we're riding it." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
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