States Where Coronavirus Cases Are Growing the Fastest


While many states across the country are opting for relaxed stay-at-home orders as of this week, the coronavirus pandemic continues on with cases multiplying in some areas across the country.

According to CBS News and data from Johns Hopkins University, some states have even reported more confirmed coronavirus cases last week than they did the week prior. Many governors are chalking these numbers up to more widely available testing.

Despite the growing numbers, social distancing restrictions continue to become more relaxed.

The following states showed an increase in coronavirus cases over the last couple of weeks. The numbers represent the increase in cases during the week ending in May 3 compared to the week ending in April 26.

Illinois (4,050 more cases)

On Tuesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker unveiled plans to reopen the state, despite growing numbers of the virus. There have been more than 2,000 new cases of the virus every day since two weeks ago. More than 1,000 people have died in Chicago, the state's epicenter for the virus.

Minnesota (1,815 more cases)

Last week, Governor Tim Walz permitted 80,000-100,000 industrial and manufacturing workers to return to their jobs. Elective surgeries are allowed to resume next week. Since one week ago, the state has reported at least 400 new cases of the virus every day.

Texas (1,324 more cases)

Texas rivals Georgia in reopening measures put into place. Last Friday, libraries, museums, restaurants, and movie theaters were allowed to reopen as long as they only allowed 25% of their capacity indoors. Hair and nail salons are expected to reopen later this week. Five times in the last week, Texas has reported more than 1,000 cases of the virus a day.

Virginia (1,274 more cases)

Last Friday, Virginia allowed elective surgeries to resume. The state has been otherwise wary of lifting social distancing measures. Still, the state has reported 800 or more cases per day everyday since last week.

Maryland (1,147 more cases)

Many of these cases can be attributed to a high number reported last Friday. The state has not made any moves to reopen businesses.

Iowa (1,125 more cases)

Iowa's Governor Kim Reynolds is one of seven who chose not to put statewide stay-at-home orders in place. That said, with many meatpacking plants in Iowa, they have added to the growing concern of a meat shortage in the country. At least four plants in the state account for more than 1,600 sick workers.

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