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Tracking how COVID-19 spread in every state

  • Massachusetts

    - First COVID-19 records: March 12 (first case), March 18 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: March 24 (cases), April 12 (deaths)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: April 23 to April 29 (cases), April 16 to April 22 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 107,611
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 7,938

    One week in early March could have contained the virus in Massachusetts but failed to, experts say. The state’s top officials were overly confident in their state’s medical systems and downplayed the threat of the virus, allowing it to spread unchecked before serious preventive measures were taken.

     

  • Michigan

    - First COVID-19 records: March 1 (first case), March 19 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: March 14 (cases), April 9 (deaths)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: April 2 to April 8 (cases), April 9 to April 15 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 68,555
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 6,114

    The governor of Michigan implemented aggressive lockdown measures early on in the pandemic that many medical experts say saved lives. Michigan had the greatest drop in mobility during the early days of COVID-19, which contributed significantly to its ability to curb the spread of the virus.

     

  • Minnesota

    - First COVID-19 records: March 7 (first case), March 21 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: April 7 (cases), May 29 (deaths)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: May 21 to May 27 (cases), June 4 to June 10 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 33,763
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 1,432

    Early on, a pork plant in Minnesota was a real hotbed of virus activity. The plant was responsible for the vast majority of cases in its county in April, and ended up voluntarily closing to reduce further harm.

     

  • Mississippi

    - First COVID-19 records: March 12 (first case), March 20 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: April 1 (cases)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: June 18 to June 24 (cases), April 30 to May 6 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 23,424
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 1,011

    The refusal of many in the state of Mississippi to wear masks is contributing to a recent spike in cases, health experts say. A health department official said Mississippians are independent people, and if only 60%–80% of the population would wear masks, the virus could be kept at bay.

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  • Missouri

    - First COVID-19 records: March 8 (first case), March 19 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: March 30 (cases)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: June 18 to June 24 (cases), May 7 to May 13 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 18,868
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 975

    After Missouri eased restrictions, two hairstylists could have been partly responsible for seeding a new round of cases. The stylists saw 140 clients, but because the stylists and their clients wore masks and the chairs were set up for social distancing, no new cases were reported.

     

  • Montana

    - First COVID-19 records: March 12 (first case), March 28 (first death)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: March 26 to April 1 (cases), April 16 to April 22 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 766
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 21

    Montana is a remote state, already used to things being distant. But the state quickly canceled the few events in March that would have drawn a crowd, including the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Butte, and thus curbed what might have been a super-spreader event.

     

  • Nebraska

    - First COVID-19 records: March 7 (first case), March 28 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: April 17 (cases)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: April 30 to May 6 (cases), June 11 to June 17 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 18,092
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 256

    A Nebraska hospital famous for treating patients with lethal viruses aimed to play a pivotal role in stopping COVID-19 early on in the pandemic. But the biocontainment unit’s expertise quickly led physicians to realize it was too late to contain the pandemic, and all they could do was play their role in treating those who arrived at their doors.

     

  • Nevada

    - First COVID-19 records: March 5 (first case), March 16 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: March 30 (cases)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: June 18 to June 24 (cases), April 9 to April 15 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 14,362
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 494

    Nevada’s Native American reservations have been hit harder than other places in the state. One reservation had an infection rate of 2%—higher than anywhere else in the state, which health officials attribute to the persistence of rituals like sweat lodges and birthday celebrations on some reservations.

     

  • New Hampshire

    - First COVID-19 records: March 4 (first case), March 24 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: April 14 (cases)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: April 30 to May 6 (cases), May 7 to May 13 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 5,571
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 343

    One New Hampshire high school took a novel approach to reducing spread. At its graduation ceremony, seniors were allowed to take up to four guests to the top of a nearby mountain via a chairlift for photographs and their diploma.

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  • New Jersey

    - First COVID-19 records: March 5 (first case), March 11 (first death)
    - Date the state passed 1,000: March 21 (cases), April 6 (deaths)
    - Weeks with the sharpest increases: April 2 to April 8 (cases), April 16 to April 22 (deaths)
    - Total case count as of June 24: 169,892
    - Total death toll as of June 24: 12,995

    Although most of the states in the country didn’t record their first cases until early spring, New Jersey may have had cases as early as January. One reason? Its proximity to New York, where tourists were transmitting the virus.

     

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