You’ve heard that COVID-19 cases are spiking in parts of the country, but an equally illuminating figure is how many deaths those states have seen. “Case numbers are surging throughout much of the United States, including in several states that were among the first to reopen,” reports the New York Times. “Because the number of people hospitalized and the percentage of people testing positive is also rising in many of those places, the case spike cannot be solely explained by increased testing. Still, coronavirus deaths remain well below their peak levels.” Read on to discover which states are seeing deaths rise.
The state has experienced 1,821 deaths and a sizeable 25 per 100,000 people. The recent surge is very worrisome: The state had 88 deaths on July 1st alone, and 79 on June 24th—both, unfortunately, record daily highs. “The Arizona Department of Health Services on Friday reported that ICU’s are at 91 percent capacity after nearly a quarter of coronavirus tests conducted in the state returned positive,” reports Newsweek. “Almost 25 percent of the state’s tests for coronavirus returned positive on Thursday.”
You could say that the death rate is remaining stable in California, but that’s just because there have been consistent deaths. One hundred people died on July 2nd and 110 died on June 30th, nearly matching record highs from April and May. California has 6,328 deaths total, with 3,454 in Los Angeles county alone. Overall, there are 17 deaths per 100,000 people in the state.
With 40 deaths on June 23rd alone, the state is coming perilously close to reaching the heights of May. “The risk of overwhelming the hospitals is very real and acute for us,” said Dr. Alan Jones, assistant vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, who described the situation in the state as “extremely concerning,” according to the Daily Beast. Overall, there are 37 deaths per 100,000 people in the state, adding up to 1,107 total.
“South Carolina set another record for both daily coronavirus cases and the number of hospital beds being used to treat patients suffering from the virus,” reports WLTX. “The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Saturday announced 1,836 new confirmed cases and 19 additional confirmed deaths from COVID-19.” The 813 deaths, or 16 per 100,000, are part of a trend upward.
Although Texas is quickly becoming the nation’s epicenter for COVID-19 cases, its death rate hasn’t gone up in kind (though it is rising), with 2,646 deaths, or 9 per 100,000 people. “However, while the death toll so far hasn’t risen to match, experts caution that the coronavirus has not lost its deadly kick,” reports National Geographic. “For one, the disease takes a while to kill, and humans take even more time to record the pandemic’s fatalities due to administrative red tape. The people who are dying today were likely infected three to four weeks ago.”
Florida has 3,701 deaths, with the majority in Miami-Dade County, and 17 deaths per 100,000 people. All eyes will be on the state—as well as the states listed here, and Tennessee, Idaho, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, which has 3,278 deaths and a whopping 71 per 100,000 people—to see if the deaths rise in the near future.
As for yourself, no matter where you live, and especially in any of the states you’ve just read about, try your best to not catch COVID-19 at all, and do your best not to spread it: wear a well-fitted homemade mask with multiple layers of quilting fabric, or an off-the-shelf cone style mask; practice social distancing; wash your hands frequently; monitor your health; and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.