It's official: The long-feared "third wave" of the coronavirus pandemic is currently affecting practically every corner of the U.S. But even as numbers surge from coast to coast, there are some places that are fortunate enough to be avoiding the worst of it. Figures show that out of the 50 U.S. states, there are only two currently seeing the number of new COVID cases going down right now: Hawaii and Maine. Read on for more about these two success stories, and for more on which places are headed in the wrong direction, check out 10 States on the Verge of COVID Surges.
As of Oct. 22, Hawaii and Maine are seeing a bit of good fortune when none others are, with Maine posting a 1 percent drop in average reported cases over the last 14 days and Hawaii seeing a 15 percent decrease, according to data from The New York Times. Maine and Hawaii's seven-day averages of new daily cases currently stand at 16 and 38 per 100,000 people respectively.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the rest of the U.S.: 31 states are currently reporting an increase of 10 percent or more in new COVID cases this week compared to last week, with 17 other states holding relatively steady, CNN reports.
Nationwide, the numbers reached heights not seen since the summer's previous peaks this week, increasing 32 percent over the last 14 days, according to data from The Times.
So which places aren't so lucky? Read on to find out which states are currently seeing the worst COVID outbreaks. And for more on the areas that may be sliding back towards stay-at-home orders, check out These 5 States Are Showing the First Signs of Another Lockdown.
New COVID cases in the last seven days: 302 per 100,000 people
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New COVID cases in the last seven days: 421 per 100,000 people
New COVID cases in the last seven days: 546 per 100,000 people
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