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Are U.S. States Flattening the Curve?

article is published in collaboration with Statista

by Katharina Buchholz

The U.S. has surpassed 1.5 million recorded COVID-19 infections. The cumulative growth of cases published on Worldometers shows that total U.S. cases are still growing quite gradually, but according to data from Johns Hopkins University, single states have been more successful at flattening the curve.

Louisiana, which doubled its cases from approximately 10,000 to approximately 20,000 in eight days from April 3 to April 11, only grown its cases to approximately 30,000 in the 25 days until May 6.

Michigan, where armed protesters at the state house have been making headlines, went from 10,000 cases to 20,000 cases in only six days from April 2 to April 8, then slowed down growth and took nine days to hit 30,000 cases on April 17. The state reached 40,000 cases on April 29 after 12 days had passed and 50,000 on May 15 after another 16 days.

In New York and New Jersey, the two states hit hardest in the U.S., case numbers had been growing not exponential, but gradual for some time. Some easing of growth has become visible in the case of New York state, where 100,000 cases were logged on April 3 and 150,000 on April 8 (5 days later). 200,000 were reached on April 14 (6 days later) and 250,000 on April 21 (seven days later). 300,000 were hit on April 30 - when another nine days had passed and the 35,000 cases mark was passed 17 days later on May 17.

Illinois, where there have also been rather big protests again the lockdowns, has growth rates which have been increasing slightly. After April 4, Illinois added 10,000 cases in eight days, then in seven days, in six days, in four and most recently in just three days, reaching approximately 90,000 cases Friday

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