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Essential COVID-19 stats: Where testing, case counts, and outbreaks stand in your state

  • Essential COVID-19 stats: Where testing, case counts, and outbreaks stand in your state

    With the fall semester in full swing across the country, COVID-19 is running rampant in many communities. Public health resource COVID Exit Strategy found that 19 states as of Aug. 16 were facing uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus. These states, including Texas, Florida, and others across the South and Midwest, are seeing significant upward trends in new cases, hospitals filling up with patients, and insufficient test capacity to meet their residents' needs.

    Despite rising cases, universities included in the Big Ten voted Sept. 16 to start their football season this October. While the universities set up monitoring criteria and rapid testing for players, commentators such as USA Today's Christine Brennan have criticized the move to open as it will put other students, faculty, and the communities around these universities at risk. Meanwhile, hurricanes in the south and wildfires on the west coast, along with other weather disasters across the country, are making pandemic safety measures difficult and putting additional pressure on Americans who may already be unemployed, uninsured, or otherwise hit by COVID-19.

    In an Aug. 25 report by U.S. News & World Report, Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said schools must have a "sustainable plan" to stay open this fall. Some states such as Maine have seen community transmission rates remain low while children congregate. In other states like Florida and Georgia, local leaders are pushing schools to open while denying administrators the funding, supplies, and data needed to make this decision. Every state has its own policies and strategy around school reopening, as well as testing, tracing, and other COVID-19 control measures.

    With news coming so quickly amid reopenings, reclosings, overcrowded hospitals, and new insights into how COVID-19 spreads, Stacker compiled essential COVID-19 statistics from several different sources to paint a clearer picture of how the pandemic is progressing in each state. Case counts, fatality counts, and testing counts are up to date as of Sept. 16 and sourced from the COVID-19 Tracking Project at The Atlantic, a volunteer effort that compiles and standardizes COVID-19 data from state public health departments. Hospital capacity data are sourced from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hospital capacity estimates and are up to date as of Sept. 14. Nursing home outbreak data are sourced from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File and are up to date as of Aug. 30. Prison and jail outbreak data are sourced from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project, spearheaded by Professor Sharon Dolovich, and are up to date as of Sept. 15.

    Keep reading to see how case counts have fluctuated in your state, where states stand on flattening the curve, and where the biggest outbreaks so far have taken place.

    Editor's note: Betsy Ladyzhets, a research associate at Stacker who worked on this story, volunteers for the COVID-19 Tracking Project.

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  • Alabama

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 141,087 total cases (2,900.2 per 100,000 people, #6 highest among all states)
    - 2,392 total deaths (49.2 per 100k, #21 highest)
    - 1.0 million total tests (21,115.6 per 100k, #39 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 19.6 per 100k (#10 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.31 per 100k (#12 highest)
    - New tests: 119.4 per 100k (#43 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 16.7% (#6 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 22.8 new cases per 100k, 0.30 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 26.4 new cases per 100k, 0.51 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 18.1 new cases per 100k, 0.20 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 19.6 new cases per 100k, 0.31 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 9,591 (68.4% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 928 (6.6% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 1,737 (82.3% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Ridgeview Health Services, Inc (106 cases among residents, 90 cases among staff)
    #2. Sumter Health and Rehabilitation, L L C (84 cases among residents, 76 cases among staff)
    #3. Talladega Healthcare Center, Inc (107 cases among residents, 46 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails:
    #1. St. Clair (87 cases among residents, 22 cases among staff)
    #2. Bullock (56 cases among residents, 19 cases among staff)
    #3. Staton (38 cases among residents, 34 cases among staff)

  • Alaska

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 7,365 total cases (997.3 per 100,000 people, #43 highest among all states)
    - 44 total deaths (6.0 per 100k, #51 highest)
    - 408,564 total tests (55,322.3 per 100k, #3 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 11.1 per 100k (#27 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.04 per 100k (#49 highest)
    - New tests: 321.6 per 100k (#13 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 4.6% (#31 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 9.1 new cases per 100k, 0.15 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 9.9 new cases per 100k, 0.04 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 10.8 new cases per 100k, 0.06 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 11.1 new cases per 100k, 0.04 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 911 (45.4% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 51 (2.8% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 128 (49.2% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. South Peninsula Hospital LTC (3 cases among staff)
    #1. Prestige Care & Rehab Center Of Anchorage (3 cases among staff)
    #3. Searhc Sitka Long Term Care (1 case among residents, 1 case among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails: no major outbreaks

  • Arizona

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 209,907 total cases (3,021.7 per 100,000 people, #4 highest among all states)
    - 5,371 total deaths (77.3 per 100k, #9 highest)
    - 1.3 million total tests (19,092.2 per 100k, #43 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 6.9 per 100k (#39 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.25 per 100k (#21 highest)
    - New tests: 121.1 per 100k (#41 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 6.5% (#24 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 8.0 new cases per 100k, 0.54 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 7.0 new cases per 100k, 0.35 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 7.6 new cases per 100k, 0.38 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 6.9 new cases per 100k, 0.25 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 8,029 (61.5% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 529 (4.5% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 1,120 (50.3% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Montecito Post Acute Care and Rehabilitation (128 cases among residents, 50 cases among staff)
    #2. Sapphire Of Tucson Nursing and Rehab, LLC (125 cases among residents, 51 cases among staff)
    #3. Palm Valley Rehab & Care Ctr (86 cases among residents, 43 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails:
    #1. Maricopa County Jail (1,667 cases among residents)
    #2. Tucson (967 cases among residents)
    #3. Yuma (124 cases among residents)

  • Arkansas

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 72,219 total cases (2,414.8 per 100,000 people, #11 highest among all states)
    - 1,157 total deaths (38.7 per 100k, #25 highest)
    - 844,689 total tests (28,244.1 per 100k, #18 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 23.7 per 100k (#5 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 1.09 per 100k (#1 highest)
    - New tests: 294.7 per 100k (#16 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 15.1% (#10 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 18.2 new cases per 100k, 0.48 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 19.5 new cases per 100k, 0.52 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 24.6 new cases per 100k, 0.42 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 23.7 new cases per 100k, 1.09 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 4,977 (64.1% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 501 (6.5% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 935 (67.6% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. West Memphis Wellness, LLC (66 cases among residents, 59 cases among staff)
    #2. Mitchell'S Nursing Home, Inc (71 cases among residents, 52 cases among staff)
    #3. Legacy Health and Rehabilitation Center (70 cases among residents, 43 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails: no major outbreaks

  • California

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 762,963 total cases (1,948.9 per 100,000 people, #25 highest among all states)
    - 14,615 total deaths (37.3 per 100k, #26 highest)
    - 13.0 million total tests (33,208.0 per 100k, #14 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 8.6 per 100k (#35 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.28 per 100k (#16 highest)
    - New tests: 239.6 per 100k (#23 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 4.1% (#33 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 14.7 new cases per 100k, 0.32 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 12.0 new cases per 100k, 0.28 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 10.0 new cases per 100k, 0.25 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 8.6 new cases per 100k, 0.28 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 40,810 (67.7% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 3,737 (6.2% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 5,582 (64.0% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Rio Hondo Subacute & Nursing Center (162 cases among residents, 115 cases among staff)
    #2. Park Avenue Healthcare & Wellness Center (167 cases among residents, 83 cases among staff)
    #3. Lakewood Healthcare Center (137 cases among residents, 104 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails:
    #1. Los Angeles Jails (3,202 cases among residents, 870 cases among staff)
    #2. ASP Avel State Prison (2,281 cases among residents, 247 cases among staff)
    #3. San Quentin State Prison (2,237 cases among residents, 289 cases among staff)

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  • Colorado

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 62,099 total cases (1,122.7 per 100,000 people, #41 highest among all states)
    - 1,905 total deaths (34.4 per 100k, #28 highest)
    - 1.1 million total tests (20,681.8 per 100k, #40 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 6.3 per 100k (#41 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.10 per 100k (#38 highest)
    - New tests: 180.7 per 100k (#32 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 3.6% (#37 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 5.6 new cases per 100k, 0.10 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 5.1 new cases per 100k, 0.07 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 4.9 new cases per 100k, 0.04 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 6.3 new cases per 100k, 0.10 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 5,632 (58.0% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 287 (3.0% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 920 (53.3% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Pikes Peak Center (89 cases among residents, 45 cases among staff)
    #2. Villa Manor Care Center (56 cases among residents, 49 cases among staff)
    #3. Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons (76 cases among residents, 27 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails:
    #1. Sterling Correctional Facility (564 cases among residents)
    #2. Denver Reception Diagnostic Center (6 cases among residents)
    #3. Fremont Correctional Facility (6 cases among residents)

  • Connecticut

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 55,166 total cases (1,540.3 per 100,000 people, #35 highest among all states)
    - 4,487 total deaths (125.3 per 100k, #4 highest)
    - 1.4 million total tests (38,933.5 per 100k, #9 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 5.2 per 100k (#44 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.05 per 100k (#45 highest)
    - New tests: 405.1 per 100k (#6 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 1.2% (#47 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 3.6 new cases per 100k, 0.02 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 3.5 new cases per 100k, 0.02 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 3.0 new cases per 100k, 0.03 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 5.2 new cases per 100k, 0.05 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 5,729 (71.0% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 164 (2.0% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 672 (48.8% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Arden House (239 cases among residents, 77 cases among staff)
    #2. Riverside Health & Rehabilitat (159 cases among residents, 83 cases among staff)
    #3. St. Mary Home (191 cases among residents, 41 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails:
    #1. Osborn CI (306 cases among residents)
    #2. Carl Robinson CI (278 cases among residents)
    #3. Corrigan Radgowski CC (256 cases among residents)

  • Delaware

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 19,234 total cases (2,025.7 per 100,000 people, #21 highest among all states)
    - 619 total deaths (65.2 per 100k, #12 highest)
    - 265,905 total tests (28,004.9 per 100k, #20 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 13.9 per 100k (#20 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.15 per 100k (#33 highest)
    - New tests: 179.6 per 100k (#33 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 6.7% (#21 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 5.2 new cases per 100k, 0.14 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 8.5 new cases per 100k, 0.03 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 11.4 new cases per 100k, 0.05 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 13.9 new cases per 100k, 0.15 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 1,468 (69.3% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 95 (4.5% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 185 (69.6% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Manorcare Health Services - Pike Creek (73 cases among residents, 46 cases among staff)
    #2. Milford Center (81 cases among residents, 30 cases among staff)
    #3. Harbor Healthcare & Rehab Ctr (71 cases among residents, 37 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails: no major outbreaks

  • Florida

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 671,201 total cases (3,258.6 per 100,000 people, #2 highest among all states)
    - 13,100 total deaths (63.6 per 100k, #14 highest)
    - 5.0 million total tests (24,196.5 per 100k, #27 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 13.2 per 100k (#22 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.58 per 100k (#3 highest)
    - New tests: 106.0 per 100k (#47 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 12.6% (#13 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 17.1 new cases per 100k, 0.56 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 17.1 new cases per 100k, 0.54 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 13.0 new cases per 100k, 0.43 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 13.2 new cases per 100k, 0.58 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 41,015 (52.5% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 3,742 (4.8% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 4,884 (73.5% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Jacaranda Manor (244 cases among residents, 86 cases among staff)
    #2. Hialeah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (186 cases among residents, 106 cases among staff)
    #3. Port St. Lucie Rehabilitation and Healthcare (70 cases among residents, 156 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails:
    #1. Columbia CI (1,369 cases among residents, 87 cases among staff)
    #2. Lowell CI (1,005 cases among residents, 70 cases among staff)
    #3. Mayo Annex (954 cases among residents, 51 cases among staff)

  • Georgia

    Total state COVID-19 counts as of Sept. 16:
    - 299,056 total cases (2,904.2 per 100,000 people, #5 highest among all states)
    - 6,419 total deaths (62.3 per 100k, #16 highest)
    - 2.7 million total tests (25,774.5 per 100k, #24 highest)

    Daily new counts over the past week (Sept. 10 to Sept. 16, seven-day averages):
    - New cases: 16.3 per 100k (#15 highest among all states)
    - New deaths: 0.40 per 100k (#8 highest)
    - New tests: 175.3 per 100k (#36 highest)
    - Test positive ratio: 9.5% (#16 highest, recommended ratio: under 5%)

    Daily new cases and deaths over the past month (seven-day averages):
    - 8/20 to 8/26: 23.0 new cases per 100k, 0.64 new deaths per 100k
    - 8/27 to 9/2: 19.5 new cases per 100k, 0.67 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/3 to 9/9: 17.6 new cases per 100k, 0.46 new deaths per 100k
    - 9/10 to 9/16: 16.3 new cases per 100k, 0.40 new deaths per 100k

    Hospital capacity as of Sept. 14:
    - Inpatient beds occupied: 13,110 (77.1% of all beds)
    - Inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 2,372 (13.1% of all beds)
    - ICU beds occupied: 2,342 (77.3% of all ICU beds)

    Biggest outbreaks in nursing homes:
    #1. Pruitthealth - Macon (81 cases among residents, 135 cases among staff)
    #2. Sadie G. Mays Health & Rehabilitation Center (162 cases among residents, 41 cases among staff)
    #3. Glenwood Health and Rehabilitation Center (121 cases among residents, 55 cases among staff)

    Biggest outbreaks in prisons and jails:
    #1. Coffee Correctional Facility (204 cases among residents)
    #2. ASMP (108 cases among residents, 62 cases among staff)
    #3. Wheeler Correctional Facility (160 cases among residents)

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