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COVID-19 in the US: 48 states are in the red


The coronavirus outbreak in the United States continues to worsen, pretty much everywhere. Forty-eight states and Puerto Rico are showing signs that coronavirus spread is continuing or escalating, while only two states — Vermont and Hawaii — “warrant caution,” according to Covid Exit Strategy. However, on Sunday, Vermont saw its highest one-day total since April.

The chart below shows how well all 50 states are containing the spread, based on metrics outlined by the White House. Dark red indicates “uncontrolled spread,” “trending better” is in green, “caution warranted” is in yellow, and “trending poorly” is in bright red.


The score of each state is calculated using a simple rule: The score by a state’s weakest metric, with one exception: if cases are decreasing. In that scenario, a state gets a yellow grade, even if there are reds on other measures. Calculations are weighted to prioritize new cases per million and positivity.

Heather Ciras can be reached at heather.ciras@globe.com. Follow her @heatherciras.