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These States Could Be the Next to See a COVID Surge

Best Life Logo By Richard Evans of Best Life | Slide 1 of 33: One of the most challenging aspects of the coronavirus pandemic has been figuring out which states will be hit hardest next. Despite some positive changes nationwide—and the fact that certain epicenters have been able to contain their outbreaks—there are still worrying trends in areas across the country. Knowing where the next coronavirus spike will happen could help state officials better prepare for a crisis. With that in mind, an increase in positive test rates suggests that these 32 states should be on high alert for a COVID surge.On Aug. 17, CNN reported that coronavirus positivity rates are on the rise in the U.S., despite fewer tests being conducted overall. That's concerning, because an increase in a state's positive test rate is a major warning sign that a COVID surge is coming, according to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). "Prior to the surging, you could detect an early increase in the percent positive for any given state," he said in an Aug. 3 interview with Howard Bauchner, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It's a good predictor of a surge."As of Aug. 18, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center lists 32 states that have seen a weekly increase in their positive test rates. (They include Washington as well, but because the state has not provided any positive test data to compare, we're leaving it off our list.) Many of these states are already experiencing virulent outbreaks, but the rise in testing positivity is a worrying sign that things could soon get worse. Ranking from the lowest to highest current COVID positivity rate, here are 32 states that should be prepared for a surge. And for a state that's already in trouble, This State Is Now Experiencing the Worst COVID Surge in the U.S.

These States Could Be the Next to See a COVID Surge

One of the most challenging aspects of the coronavirus pandemic has been figuring out which states will be hit hardest next. Despite some positive changes nationwide—and the fact that certain epicenters have been able to contain their outbreaks—there are still worrying trends in areas across the country. Knowing where the next coronavirus spike will happen could help state officials better prepare for a crisis. With that in mind, an increase in positive test rates suggests that these 32 states should be on high alert for a COVID surge.

On Aug. 17, CNN reported that coronavirus positivity rates are on the rise in the U.S., despite fewer tests being conducted overall. That's concerning, because an increase in a state's positive test rate is a major warning sign that a COVID surge is coming, according to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). "Prior to the surging, you could detect an early increase in the percent positive for any given state," he said in an Aug. 3 interview with Howard Bauchner, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It's a good predictor of a surge."

As of Aug. 18, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center lists 32 states that have seen a weekly increase in their positive test rates. (They include Washington as well, but because the state has not provided any positive test data to compare, we're leaving it off our list.) Many of these states are already experiencing virulent outbreaks, but the rise in testing positivity is a worrying sign that things could soon get worse. Ranking from the lowest to highest current COVID positivity rate, here are 32 states that should be prepared for a surge. And for a state that's already in trouble, This State Is Now Experiencing the Worst COVID Surge in the U.S.

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