COVID deaths are increasing most rapidly in these five states.

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The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in the U.S. is approaching nearly 228,000, according to Johns Hopkins University on Thursday, with a handful of states each reporting an increase in new deaths per capita (100,000 people) in the past 14 days.

Listed below are five states that, according to the New York Times, have seen the largest increase in new deaths per capita in the last seven days compared to the previous week. All U.S. Census Bureau population data listed below, as of July 2019.

Tennessee

Weekly increase in new deaths per capita: 118

New deaths per capita in the first week (youngest week): 263
New per capita deaths in the second week (previous week): 145
Total confirmed deaths: 3,209
Total population: 6,829,174

According to Worldometer, average daily new deaths in Tennessee have been rising more sharply since July, after flattening out for months since the end of March.

Missouri

Weekly increase in new deaths per capita: 106

New deaths per capita in the first week (most recent week): 224
New per capita deaths in the second week (previous week): 118
Total confirmed deaths: 2,940
Total population: 6,137,428

The average daily death toll in Missouri rose more sharply from mid-September, after remaining unchanged for most of the state’s outbreak since late March, according to Worldometer.

Wisconsin

Weekly increase in new deaths per capita: 88

New deaths per capita in the first week (youngest week): 246
New per capita deaths in the second week (previous week): 158
Total confirmed deaths: 1,953
Total population: 5,822,434

The average daily new deaths in Wisconsin rose sharply from the end of September. According to Worldometer data, the average number for the majority of outbreaks in the state remained unchanged since the end of March.

Wisconsin had the fifth highest number of deaths per capita in the state last week, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday.

Wyoming

Weekly increase in new deaths per capita: 12

New deaths per capita in the first week (youngest week): 16
New per capita deaths in the second week (previous week): 4
Total confirmed deaths: 77
Total population: 578,759

The average daily new deaths in Wyoming have risen sharply since the end of October. According to Worldometer, the average number for the majority of outbreaks in the state flattened out from the end of mid-April.

North Dakota

Weekly increase in new deaths per capita: 9

New deaths per capita in the first week (most recent week): 66
New per capita deaths in the second week (previous week): 57
Total confirmed deaths: 493
Total population: 762,062

The average daily death toll in North Dakota has risen sharply since mid-September, according to Worldometer, after remaining unchanged during most of the outbreak since late March.

According to the CDC, North Dakota had the highest number of deaths per capita in the country in the seven days since Wednesday.

The broader picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 44.6 million people worldwide, including more than 8.8 million in the United States, since its first report in Wuhan, China. Worldwide, more than 1.1 million people have died as a result of the infection, while according to the JHU, more than 30.1 million people should have recovered by Thursday.

The chart below, prepared by Statista, illustrates the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the USA.

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