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Your state’s Covid-19 epidemic, explained in 4 maps

Vox – These maps show how your state is doing. Updated America’s national Covid-19 epidemic continues, with the US’s daily new cases still higher than most developed nations and the country recently surpassing 287,000 deaths due to the disease. At the state level, things can look even worse than the national picture. Public health experts look at a few markers to determine how bad things are in each state: the number of daily new cases; the infection rate, which can show how likely the virus is to spread; and the percentage of tests that come back positive, which should be low in a state with sufficient testing. A Vox analysis, updated weekly, indicates the vast majority of states report alarming trends across all three benchmarks for coronavirus outbreaks. Most states still report a high — sometimes very high — number of daily new Covid-19 cases. Most still have high infection rates. And most have test positive rates that are too high, indicating they don’t have enough tests to track and contain the scope of their outbreaks. Across these benchmarks, zero states fare well on all three metrics, suggesting no state has its outbreak under control right now. In fact, only one state — Vermont — meets even two of the three benchmarks…”

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