The daily average COVID cases are highest in these 6 states

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Overall, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the USA has exceeded 14.1 million. The seven-day average of cases in the country has risen sharply since early October, after declining at the end of July and flattening out at the end of August, according to Worldometer data.

Look at six states that reported the highest average daily cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, according to the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday.

The case data below is from Johns Hopkins University and the CDC, while population data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

South Dakota
Average daily cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days: 98.1
Total confirmed cases: 83,348
Total population: 884,659

The seven-day average of cases in South Dakota has statistically declined in the last two weeks from November 30 to December 3. However, the number began to rise sharply from early August, after peaking at 1,458 on November 11, according to Johns Hopkins, after remaining unchanged since late March.

Minnesota
Average daily cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days: 97.2
Total confirmed cases: 333,626
Total population: 5,639,632

The average number of cases in Minnesota has also statistically declined in the last two weeks. However, the number has risen sharply since mid-September and peaked at 7,052 on November 17, after flattening out for months from the end of April, according to Johns Hopkins.

Wyoming
Average daily cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days: 92.6
Total confirmed cases: 35,046
Total population: 578,759

The average number of cases in Wyoming decreased statistically in the last 14-day window. However, from early September, the number rose sharply, peaking at 891 on November 20, after stagnating since late March, according to Johns Hopkins.

Nebraska
Average daily cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days: 92.2
Total confirmed cases: 134,710
Total population: 1,934,408

The seven-day average of cases has statistically increased in the last two weeks. However, the number started to decline from mid-November, when it peaked at 2,391 on November 17, after having risen sharply from early October. According to Johns Hopkins, the number flattened out from mid-April to late September.

Rhode Island
Average daily cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days: 90.4
Total confirmed cases: 60,722
Total population: 1,059,361

The average number of cases in Rhode Island has risen sharply since early October, reaching a peak of 1,692 on December 3 after flattening out in early June, according to Johns Hopkins.

New Mexico
Average daily cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days: 87.7
Total confirmed cases: 102,862
Total population: 2,096,829

The average number of cases in New Mexico has statistically decreased in the last 14 days. Since the end of September, the number has risen sharply, peaking at 2,671 on November 20, after flattening out for months since mid-April, according to Johns Hopkins.

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

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 65.3 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.5 million people have died worldwide and more than 42 million have recovered by Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The chart below, produced by Statista, shows the number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States.

The chart below, produced by Statista, shows the distribution of COVID-19 deaths among the U.S. population.

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