These Are the Only States Beating COVID Right Now

Lauren Gray
·3 mins read

Tracking the COVID outbreak has been a rollercoaster this summer. Just as some states saw their numbers plummeting, others would ascend those upward tracks toward dangerous new heights. As we enter fall, the country is strapping in for another ride: when you look at the U.S. as a whole, cases are climbing. As of Oct. 4, The New York Times reports that there has been an 8 percent increase in cases across the U.S. compared with the average two weeks earlier. Despite claims that we've turned a corner on the pandemic, it's clear the spread is still rampant.

However, while major surges rage across the Midwest and increasingly the West, there are some states that are currently beating back the virus. Most of these states are in the Southeast, which saw some of the worst outbreaks the summer had to offer. Using data from The New York Times COVID tracker, we've pulled the number of new daily cases per 100,000 residents, as well as the percentage of decrease in cases since two weeks ago. These key metrics help paint a picture of how far each state has come, and how far they still have to go. Read on to find out which 11 states are currently winning their COVID battles. And for the states with the worst coronavirus surges right now, check out The 11 States With the Worst COVID Outbreaks in the U.S.

1

Tennessee

Tennessee
Tennessee

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 127
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 17 percent

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2

South Carolina

Aerial view of Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston, SC
Aerial view of Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston, SC

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 109
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 23 percent

3

Louisiana

skyline of shreveport louisiana
skyline of shreveport louisiana

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 79
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 13 percent

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4

Georgia

skyline of atlanta georgia
skyline of atlanta georgia

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 79
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 29 percent

5

Florida

aerial view of stuart, florida
aerial view of stuart, florida

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 74
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 19 percent

6

West Virginia

west virginia state capitol buildings
west virginia state capitol buildings

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 73
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 3 percent

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7

Maryland

baltimore skyline
baltimore skyline

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 64
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 9 percent

8

Virginia

richmond virginia skyline
richmond virginia skyline

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 63
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 20 percent

9

California

downtown los angeles skyline
downtown los angeles skyline

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 56
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 9 percent

10

Hawaii

The skyline of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii on a sunny day
The skyline of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii on a sunny day

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 51
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 5 percent

11

Arizona

"Downtown Scottsdale and suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, with the White Tank Mountain Range in the background in eerly morning lightMore images from Phoenix:"
"Downtown Scottsdale and suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, with the White Tank Mountain Range in the background in eerly morning lightMore images from Phoenix:"

New daily cases per 100,000 residents: 49
Decrease in cases over the past two weeks: 45 percent

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