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Counties in every state with the highest COVID-19 infection rates right now

  • Counties in every state with the highest COVID-19 infection rates right now

    More than 44,000 new coronavirus cases and 1,000 deaths were reported on Sept. 1 in the United States. That number is close to the week prior’s average of 42,214 daily cases, which was down 13% from two weeks prior. But while countrywide totals are significant, actually tracking the pandemic requires zeroing in on case counts and deaths in a more granular fashion with states and, more specifically, counties.

    To determine which counties in every state have the highest COVID-19 infection rates, Stacker consulted the New York Times COVID-19 data repository, which includes case and death values compiled from state and local health agencies. We compared county-level daily new case numbers, averaged over the most recent week of data (Aug. 27 to Sept. 2), to county populations, using population data compiled from the U.S. Census’ 2018 American Community Survey. The top three counties for each state are included here, ranked based on cases per 100,000 people in the past week. Overall data on the numbers of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in every state are also included.

    By seeing where infection rates are highest, elected officials can set better rules regarding reopening businesses and schools—particularly relevant as children return to classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year—while residents can be better informed on how to best protect themselves and have a better understanding of the risk of transmission.

    Keep reading to see which counties in your state have the highest COVID-19 infection rates right now.

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  • Alabama

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 128,239 cases, 2,200 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 1,284 cases, 25 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Lee County: 180 cases (113 per 100,000 population), 0.6 deaths (0.4 per 100k)
    --- #2. Chilton County: 23 cases (53 per 100k), 0.1 deaths (0.3 per 100k)
    --- #3. Tuscaloosa County: 91 cases (44 per 100k), 1.3 deaths (0.6 per 100k)

  • Alaska

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 6,076 cases, 36 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 71 cases, deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Anchorage County: 42 cases (14 per 100,000 population), 0.3 deaths (0.1 per 100k)
    --- #2. Fairbanks North Star Borough County: 14 cases (14 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #3. Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area County: 1 cases (13 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)

  • Arizona

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 202,898 cases, 5,048 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 486 cases, 24 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Pinal County: 63 cases (15 per 100,000 population), 0.9 deaths (0.2 per 100k)
    --- #2. Graham County: 5 cases (14 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #3. Navajo County: 14 cases (13 per 100k), 0.3 deaths (0.3 per 100k)

  • Arkansas

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 61,156 cases, 814 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 561 cases, 16 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Lincoln County: 30 cases (221 per 100,000 population), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #2. Montgomery County: 6 cases (62 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #3. Searcy County: 4 cases (50 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)

  • California

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 722,035 cases, 13,149 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 4,918 cases, 112 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Kings County: 52 cases (35 per 100,000 population), 0.4 deaths (0.3 per 100k)
    --- #2. San Benito County: 18 cases (30 per 100k), 0.1 deaths (0.2 per 100k)
    --- #3. Madera County: 46 cases (30 per 100k), 0.3 deaths (0.2 per 100k)

  • Colorado

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 57,851 cases, 1,920 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 289 cases, 4 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. San Juan County: 1 cases (105 per 100,000 population), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #2. Logan County: 3 cases (13 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #3. Prowers County: 1 cases (9 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)

  • Connecticut

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 53,001 cases, 4,466 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 143 cases, 1 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Tolland County: 9 cases (6 per 100,000 population), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #2. Hartford County: 41 cases (5 per 100k), 0.3 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #3. Fairfield County: 43 cases (5 per 100k), 0.3 deaths (0.0 per 100k)

  • Delaware

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 17,259 cases, 605 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 78 cases, deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. New Castle County: 51 cases (9 per 100,000 population), 0.1 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #2. Sussex County: 16 cases (7 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #3. Kent County: 11 cases (6 per 100k), 0.1 deaths (0.1 per 100k)

  • Florida

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 632,377 cases, 11,373 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 3,507 cases, 110 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Union County: 10 cases (67 per 100,000 population), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #2. Lafayette County: 5 cases (59 per 100k), 0.4 deaths (4.9 per 100k)
    --- #3. Dixie County: 8 cases (50 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)

  • Georgia

    - Cumulative state COVID-19 statistics as of Sep. 2: 255,974 cases, 5,600 deaths
    - Current state COVID-19 statistics (7-day average, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2): 2,011 cases, 67 deaths
    - Counties with the highest current infection rates (7-day average cases and deaths, Aug. 27 to Sep. 2):
    --- #1. Chattahoochee County: 36 cases (333 per 100,000 population), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #2. Stewart County: 7 cases (116 per 100k), 0.0 deaths (0.0 per 100k)
    --- #3. Bulloch County: 84 cases (113 per 100k), 0.1 deaths (0.2 per 100k)

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