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These 11 States Have Uncontrolled COVID-19 Outbreaks, Study Says

The new strain of the virus may be responsible for the uptick in infections.

When scientists discovered a new coronavirus mutation—one that infects you even faster than the first—it made a certain amount of sense. After all, cases are exploding in certain areas, as states have reopened. "The rolling seven-day average for daily new cases in the United States reached a record high for the 27th day in a row, climbing to 48,640 on Sunday," according to The Washington Post. "Coronavirus-related hospitalizations rose to their highest levels to date in Arizona and Nevada." Here are the states where the new strain is likely to cause more infections at a faster rate.




The state has 197,000 cases and 2,650 deaths, hitting record cases on most days. "I will tell you, a month ago one in 10 people were testing positive. Today, it's one in four," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Face the Nation. "The number of people who are getting sick and going to the hospitals has exponentially increased. The number of people in our ICU beds has exponentially increased. In fact, if we don't get our hands around this virus quickly, in about two weeks our hospital system could be in serious, serious trouble."



South Beach in Miami, Florida

"It's clear that the growth is exponential at this point," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said on This Week. "We've been breaking record after record after record the last couple of weeks." "Florida surpassed 200,000 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, following the Fourth of July holiday during which the state recorded its most cases reported in a single day," reports CNN. "At least 40,000 cases have been reported by the Florida Department of Health in the last four days. On Saturday, the Sunshine State reported 11,458 cases, the most reported in a single day, beating the previous record that was set on Thursday." It has 3,730 deaths.



Sunset view of the desert and mountains near Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

"Arizona reported 3,536 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, a 3.7% rise, along with four new deaths, as the Phoenix mayor complained that federal officials were declining to help with more testing," reports Bloomberg. "Cases have been rising at a 4.1% rate over the past seven days and now stand at 98,089." There have been 1,825 deaths. "We opened way too early in Arizona," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, a Democrat, said Sunday on This Week. "We had crowded nightclubs handing out free champagne, no masks."


South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, USA at the historic homes on The Battery.

"South Carolina set another record for both daily coronavirus cases and the number of hospital beds being used to treat patients suffering from the virus," reports WLTX. "There are currently 1,190 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19." The state has 44,847 cases and 820 deaths.



Neon signs on Lower Broadway Area on November 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

"Gov. Bill Lee granted authority Friday to mayors in 89 counties in Tennessee to issue their own face mask mandates as COVID-19 cases rise statewide. The move follows a record day-over-day increase after the state health department reported 1,822 new cases," reports the Tennessean. In total, Tennessee has 50,365 cases and 639 deaths.



Sunrise at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Cases are on the rise bigtime. "Nevada has reported its five largest single-day increases for COVID-19 case in the past two weeks. Its biggest jump was 1,099 on Friday, June 26, followed by 985 on July 2, 857 on July 3, 843 on July 4 and 821 on June 27," reports 8NewsNow. The state has 22,419 cases and 534 deaths.



Indianapolis, Indiana, USA skyline over Soliders' and Sailors' Monument at dusk.

"Mayor Joe Hogsett on Thursday announced a pause in the reopening stages for Indianapolis," reports IndyStar. "The move mirrors a statewide pause in reopening that Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday and comes a day after the mayor launched a $1 million marketing campaign to attract Hoosiers to Indianapolis." The state has 49,203 cases and 2,693 deaths.



Areal view from rocky ice age hiking trail during sunset hours. Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo area, Wisconsin, Midwest USA.

"Wisconsin set a new single-day COVID-19 case record on Saturday, as state health officials reported 738 new confirmed cases over a 24-hour period," reports Patch. "That eclipses the previous mark of 733 cases over a 24-hour period that was set on May 29." In total, Wisconsin has 34,729 cases and 804 deaths.



Kansas City skyline with The Scout monument.

"Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, issued an executive order on Thursday mandating the use of face masks or coverings in public beginning Friday in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state," reports Fox News. "This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy," Kelly said in a statement. "Wearing a mask is not only safe—but it is necessary to avoid another shutdown." The state has 16,289 cases and 287 deaths.



Delaware Beach Sunrise

"Coming off its biggest weekly gain in new cases in six weeks, Delaware today continued to see triple-digit gains in the number of positive COVID-19 cases," reports WDEL. "The Delaware Division of Public Health reported 132 new cases on Sunday—pushing the state's total to 12,128." Delaware also has 512 deaths.



New Orleans, Louisiana, USA street cars.

"The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus statewide in Louisiana jumped by 74 over the holiday weekend, continuing a weeks-long trend indicating coronavirus infections are again on the rise in the state," reports The state has 65,334 cases and 3,288 deaths.


Where Cases are Declining

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA - MAY 15 2016: Entrance to Churchill Downs featuring a statue of 2006 Kentucky Derby Champion Barbaro.

There were some bright spots across the United States: Three states—Kentucky, New Hampshire and Vermont—are reporting a decline in cases, and cases are steady in Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.


How to Stay Healthy

woman using hand sanitizer on the street and wearing face mask as a covid 19 precaution outdoors

No matter which strain of COVID-19 is going around, protect yourself and others: wear a well-fitted homemade mask with multiple layers of quilting fabric, or an off-the-shelf cone style mask; practice social distancing; wash your hands frequently; monitor your health; and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these  Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek
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