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Special Report: COVID-19 by the Numbers — An Interesting Perspective

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Last weekend CNN released a document outlining the number of COVID-19 cases found in each state and the number of deaths caused and the number per 100,000 in population.

The figures are fascinating.

This list places states in order of the number of cases detected in each. The numbers are for all states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

State

Cases

Cases per 100,000 population

Deaths

Deaths per 100,000 population

1. New York

350,121

1,800

28,232

145

2. New Jersey

146,504

1,649

10,363

117

3. Illinois

94,191

743

4,177

33


Massachusetts at 84 deaths per 100,000 is fourth. Next on the list is the PIA Western Alliance state of California in fifth. But do note the low number of deaths per 100,000.

State

Cases

Cases per 100,000 population

Deaths

Deaths per 100,000 population

5. California

80,166

203

3,240

8


The rest of the PIA Western Alliance states by the numbers of cases detected.

State

Cases

Cases per 100,000 population

Deaths

Deaths per 100,000 population

19. Washington

18,433

242

1,001

13

23. Arizona

13,945

192

680

9

36. Nevada

6,952

226

350

11

37. New Mexico

5,938

283

265

13


State

Cases

Cases per 100,000 population

Deaths

Deaths per 100,000 population

41. Oregon

3,623

86

137

3

44. Idaho

2,419

135

135

135

51. Montana

468

44

16

1

52. Alaska

388

53

10

1

 

Many pandemic experts say the numbers in most states are low because of the enforced social distancing measures. The number of cases and deaths — they predict — would have been higher without them.

A new study by Health Affairs bears out that contention. It says without the lockdown measures we would have seen 35 million more cases.

The study was done on figures from March 1 to April 27. It implies that cases would have grown 10-times faster without the bans of large local gatherings, the closure of schools and businesses and without the shelter in place orders. The biggest impact — however — was the closure of entertainment-related businesses like movie theaters, restaurants, bars and gyms.

One of the authors of the study is Charles Courtemanche is a professor at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. He said, “Our results suggest that light measures don’t work, and strong measures do, but they don’t really say anything about intermediate measures — like opening restaurants at reduced capacity or allowing socialization with masks. Since we don’t know what each intermediate step towards reopening will do, it makes sense to go one step at a time and look carefully for signs that the rate of spread is picking back up.”

Source links: CNN, Carrier Management


Tags:  000  COVID-19 cases  COVID-19 deaths per 100  Deaths COVID-19  Health Affairs  Social distancing 

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