Delta surge hits southern states hardest best state
Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Arkansas had the highest rates of new cases compared to their populations since the spread began across the country. All four states saw at least 3% of their total population test positive for COVID-19 since June and experienced deaths and hospitalizations.
Louisiana has the most new cases relative to the population of any state, and as of August 31, the seven-day average was more than 2,100. Less than half of the state’s population has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Seven of the 10 states with the highest seven-day average of cases are in the south.
Florida currently accounts for over 18% of all new COVID-19 cases in the country, although it accounts for just 7% of the US population. The state’s seven-day average number of cases as of August 31 was the highest in the country, with more than 17,000 new cases.
According to data from USAFacts, Mississippi’s average daily cases are just above 2,800 and Arkansas is just above 2,000.
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