COVID-19 in the US: 44 states are in the red, including Mass.


The coronavirus outbreak in the United States continues to worsen, pretty much everywhere. Forty-four states and Puerto Rico are showing signs that coronavirus spread is continuing or escalating, while only two states — Maine and Vermont — are showing signs of positively curbing the virus, according to Covid Exit Strategy.

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, “making progress” 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.


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