Within months, the coronavirus has swept across the United States, affecting every corner of the country – but where the virus is most actively spreading has changed dramatically over time, new animation from Harvard and Brown universities shows.
After the East Coast surge in March and April, concerns shifted to the solar belt and the United States as a whole appeared to be in control of transmissions for a brief relative lull this summer.
But a part of the country as large as ever is now in the red as a “ high risk ” for COVID-19, the spread of the virus getting more out of control in areas of the Midwest and the Rockies, reveals the Brown and Harvard map.
Brown researchers and analysis from their Harvard University partners suggest that at least 11 states in the Midwest, South and Rocky Mountains are at “ tipping point ” and need to reinstate stay orders at the home to prevent the coronavirus from fully spreading. control.
The public health policy team behind the animated map considers states to be at that “tipping point,” when they have a seven-day moving average of more than 25 cases per 100,000 population.
By early March, the coronavirus was virtually non-existent in the United States, with less than one case per 100,000 people in any state
Last week, only a handful of counties could boast of so few new daily cases. COVID-19 has now effectively affected all over the United States
An alarming number of US states find themselves in this red “tipping point” category. They are: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Utah, Idaho, Iowa, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
North Dakota is the least populated state in the country, but it had the highest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population according to Brown and Harvard analysis on Friday.
Nearly 63 people out of 100,000 in its population test positive for the coronavirus every day. Yesterday, the state health department reported 475 new cases.
The least populated state in the United States, Wyoming, is also on the list with the most risky spread of the coronavirus.
Despite their small populations, North and South Dakota now have more new cases per 100,000 population than any other U.S. state
Although there are almost twice as many cows as people in Wyoming, the daily rate of new cases per 100,000 population is almost four times that in California, the most populous state in the country. .
Wyoming has an average of 27 new cases per 100,000 population. Yesterday, 138 new cases were confirmed there.
Wisconsin became the nation’s first hotspot for the coronavirus last week, with a record number of new cases over several days.
Its seven-day moving average number of daily cases last week was 2,526.1. Yesterday – a Sunday, when the total number of cases is generally relatively low – Wisconsin recorded 1,956 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths.
Many of those states have taken less aggressive and directive approaches to tackling the coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic, avoiding home support orders or masked warrants.
But now global health experts at Harvard and Brown believe these “ draconian ” measures are exactly what is needed to prop their states up from the brink of disaster.
35 more states are in the “ amber ”, meaning they are seeing an accelerated spread of 10 to 24 cases per 100,000 people on a daily basis, and must implement stay-at-home orders, speed up test and trace programs or adopt a combination of the two.
Yet in Michigan, which also falls into the “ orange ” category and reports on average more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmore’s efforts to expand measures to slow the spread are stuck in the justice system.
Governor Whitmore has asked to extend her round of “pandemic orders” for another 28 days, but the effort was blocked by the state’s Supreme Court today.
Whitmore was also the target of a kidnapping scheme organized by a group accused of plotting an act of domestic terrorism against Whitmore and the state.
They claimed that the measures taken by Whitmore, Michigan and other states to slow the spread were “unconstitutional” and would have sought to overthrow the state government.
But health experts agree that such measures are the only way to ensure that the health care system is not overwhelmed.