14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections

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Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

According to data tracked by the Washington Post, a total of 14 states and the US territory of Puerto Rico have recorded the worst week yet for new COVID-19 infections as social distancing restrictions are being relaxed across the US. The states affected are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. While the first wave of infections in the US primarily affected dense metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago and Detroit, a large portion of this recent surge of cases are coming from rural communities, many with fewer than 60,000 people. Health experts worry that in these areas, which were already struggling with health resources prior to the pandemic, will struggle to trace the new COVID-19 infections with the pre-existing infrastructure. As of Monday, at least 109,000 people in the US have died of COVID-19, with more than 1.95 million cases reported overall. 

Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/08/14-states-puerto-rico-hit-their-highest-seven-day-average-new-covid-19-infections-since-june/

Summary by: Sophia Duong