Special Report

States Where the Virus Is Spreading the Fastest Right Now

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10. South Dakota
> 7-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases through Apr. 23: +41.7%
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 23: 210.6 per 100,000 — 12th most (South Dakota total: 1,858)
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 16: 148.6 per 100,000 — 14th most (South Dakota total: 1,311)
> COVID-19 related deaths in 7 days ending Apr. 23: 2 (South Dakota total: 9)
> COVID-19 testing rate as of Apr. 23: 1,524 per 100,000 people — 14th most (South Dakota total tests: 13,446)
> Population density: 11.4 people per square mile — 5th lowest
> First confirmed case: 3/10/2020
> Days between 1st case and beginning of statewide stay-at-home order: No order issued as of April 8

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9. Minnesota
> 7-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases through Apr. 23: +42.3%
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 23: 48.5 per 100,000 — 4th fewest (Minnesota total: 2,721)
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 16: 34.1 per 100,000 — the fewest (Minnesota total: 1,912)
> COVID-19 related deaths in 7 days ending Apr. 23: 85 (Minnesota total: 179)
> COVID-19 testing rate as of Apr. 23: 879 per 100,000 people — 8th fewest (Minnesota total tests: 49,344)
> Population density: 64.5 people per square mile — 20th lowest
> First confirmed case: 3/6/2020
> Days between 1st case and beginning of statewide stay-at-home order (3/27/2020): 21 days

8. Arkansas
> 7-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases through Apr. 23: +47.7%
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 23: 79.4 per 100,000 — 15th fewest (Arkansas total: 2,392)
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 16: 53.8 per 100,000 — 10th fewest (Arkansas total: 1,620)
> COVID-19 related deaths in 7 days ending Apr. 23: 7 (Arkansas total: 44)
> COVID-19 testing rate as of Apr. 23: 1,043 per 100,000 people — 17th fewest (Arkansas total tests: 31,442)
> Population density: 56.7 people per square mile — 17th lowest
> First confirmed case: 3/11/2020
> Days between 1st case and beginning of statewide stay-at-home order: No order issued as of April 8

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7. Virginia
> 7-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases through Apr. 23: +49.0%
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 23: 120.5 per 100,000 — 22nd most (Virginia total: 10,266)
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 16: 80.9 per 100,000 — 24th fewest (Virginia total: 6,889)
> COVID-19 related deaths in 7 days ending Apr. 23: 141 (Virginia total: 349)
> COVID-19 testing rate as of Apr. 23: 714 per 100,000 people — 2nd fewest (Virginia total tests: 60,778)
> Population density: 199.1 people per square mile — 13th highest
> First confirmed case: 3/7/2020
> Days between 1st case and beginning of statewide stay-at-home order (3/30/2020): 23 days

6. Rhode Island
> 7-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases through Apr. 23: +52.2%
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 23: 552.4 per 100,000 — 4th most (Rhode Island total: 5,841)
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Apr. 16: 363.0 per 100,000 — 6th most (Rhode Island total: 3,838)
> COVID-19 related deaths in 7 days ending Apr. 23: 76 (Rhode Island total: 181)
> COVID-19 testing rate as of Apr. 23: 3,946 per 100,000 people — the most (Rhode Island total tests: 41,722)
> Population density: 684.3 people per square mile — 2nd highest
> First confirmed case: 3/1/2020
> Days between 1st case and beginning of statewide stay-at-home order (3/28/2020): 27 days

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