- The number of new coronavirus cases is rapidly increasing in university cities across the country.
- Some schools that have recently been hit hard by a Covid-19 outbreak include the University of Illinois and Florida State University.
- To date, the United States has seen nearly 200,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.
When states across the country finished their respective lockdowns and started reopening in June, it wasn’t long before we started seeing a huge spike in new coronavirus cases. While the number of new coronavirus cases in April and May dropped to between 20,000 and 30,000, the number of new COVID-1
Dr Anthony Fauci at the time said the coronavirus infection rate was unacceptable. Fauci further warned that the United States was poised to be in a “really bad situation” if the number of new COVID-19 infections didn’t drop below 10,000 by the fall.
Well, there are now a few days to autumn and unfortunately we have not seen a drastic decline in cases of the new coronavirus. In the past seven days alone, the average number of new coronavirus cases has been around 40,000. And with colder weather and flu season around the corner, many healthcare professionals fear the situation will dramatically worsen in the near future.
Currently, most coronavirus outbreaks have occurred in college towns, a fact that shouldn’t be all that surprising given how densely populated such cities tend to be. It also doesn’t help that we’ve seen a seemingly endless number of reports involving swarms of cheering college students who are carrying on as if the coronavirus didn’t even exist. Some schools that have been particularly affected by the coronavirus outbreaks include the University of Georgia, the University of Illinois, and Oklahoma State University.
So where, exactly, is the coronavirus spreading the fastest? Well, The New York Times monitored which metropolitan areas saw the most new cases relative to population size:
- Huntsville, Texas – 88.7 new cases per 100,000 people
- Farmington, Missouri – 67.3 new cases per 100,000 people
- Pine Bluff, Arkansas – 62.6 new cases per 100,000 people
- Pullman, Washington – 62.0 new cases per 100,000 people
- Oxford, Mississippi – 58.2 new cases per 100,000 people
- Tallahassee, Florida – 57.4 new cases per 100,000 people
- Bismarck, North Dakota – 56.5 new cases per 100,000 people
- Athens, Georgia – 56.4 new cases per 100,000 people
- Harrisonburg, Virginia – 54.4 new cases per 100,000 people
- La Crosse, Wisconsin – 53.4 new cases per 100,000 people
- Stillwater, Oklahoma – 53.2 new cases per 100,000 people
- Columbia, Missouri – 51.2 new cases per 100,000 people
- Rio Grande City, Texas – 51.2 new cases per 100,000 people
- Champaign, Illinois – 48.3 new cases per 100,000 people
- Warrensburg, Missouri – 47.2 new cases per 100,000 people
On a state basis, areas that are still experiencing an increase in new COVID-19 cases include North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Iowa, and Oklahoma.