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These States Have an Uncontrolled Coronavirus Outbreak

Be very careful if you live in—or travel to—the Southeast.

As of Thursday morning, over five million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United States alone and over 166,00 people have lost their lives to the highly infectious virus—on Wednesday, the United States reported 1,499 deaths as a result, the most fatalities since mid-May. According to state-by-state numbers and adjusting for population there are four states—all in the Southeast—who are seeing the most new infections of coronavirus. Read on to discover which ones, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.



Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline.

According to the latest statistics, over the last seven days, the country is averaging approximately 53,000 new infections per day. However, the seven-day average of daily coronavirus deaths topped 1,000 deaths per day, marking the 17th day of over 1,000 lives lost to the virus. Unfortunately, many of these were in Georgia.

On August 12, Georgia reported 3,660 new infections, 109 deaths, and 348 hospitalizations due to the virus. Despite being in the top two states of the country with the highest per capita new cases over the last week, residents of Georgia are still allowed to roam the streets sans masks and they were one of the first states to send their children back to in-person school. Not even two weeks into the school year, multiple districts have reported outbreaks, with a few even opted to close. In a single district, 1,200 students and staff members have already been ordered to quarantine. 



Florida, one of the first states to reopen after the shutdown, is also a top two state when it comes to the highest per capita new cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. On Wednesday they added 8,000 new infections to their tally and 212 new deaths. The state is also adamant about sending children back to in-person classes, even though the virus is hitting the younger population particularly hard. Residents under 44 account for approximately 57% of the state's 545,000 cases, 20% of 31,900 hospitalizations, and 3% of the state's 8,765 deaths. COVID cases have also increased a whopping 137% in the state over the last month. Despite their staggering numbers, the Republican governor has opted against issuing a mask mandate.

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Montgomery, Alabama, USA fountain and downtown cityscape.

Alabama, another red state, has reported over 100,000 coronavirus cases, adding 875 to their tally on Wednesday, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health. However, they did admit that there are an additional 4,000 probable cases awaiting a determination, likely due to a backlog of tests. They also reported 33 new deaths, bringing their grand total to 1,814. After resisting a mask mandate for several months, four weeks ago the state finally ordered the use of protective face coverings four weeks ago, with data showing that there has been an 11 point drop in new cases — compared to an 8 point increase prior. 



Mississippi welcome sign with the words "Birthplace of America's Music"

Mississippi state officials reported 1,081 new cases of COVID-19 and 45 new deaths on Wednesday. In total there have been nearly 70,000 cases and 2,000 deaths attributed to the virus.  According to CNN, they have experienced a threefold increase in fatalities in just a few months, from averaging 10 a day in June to 30 in August. The state, which also opted to open school for in-person learning less than two weeks ago, has already seen outbreaks amongst children and staff members. Less than a week ago, Gov. Tate Reeves issued a mask mandate in all counties for public gatherings and retail settings for the next two weeks. Additionally, all adults and kids must wear masks in school, unless there is a medical reason not to. 


How to Stay Safe in Your State

Young caucasian woman wearing surgical gloves putting face mask on, protection from spread of Coronavirus

Do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19: 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 Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Leah Groth
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