The Most Severe Examples:
While the world has effectively shut down as a result of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) some areas have been hit harder than others. The United States was vulnerable because of its status as a global hub for international trade and travel.
Here are the states that have been hit the hardest with the most confirmed cases and fatalities:
Run by Democrat governor and possibly future presidential contender Andrew Cuomo, the Empire State has been the nation’s hardest hit by COVID-19. While Cuomo has received high praise from most mainstream media outlets for his leadership during the crisis, a report by the New York Times estimates that if Cuomo issued a stay-at-home order earlier, the death toll in New York (nearly 12,000 in the past month) would have been 50 to 80 percent lower.
While no state has been hit as hard as New York, densely populated New Jersey (in particular the communities adjacent to the Big Apple has been hit hard as well. As of now, there have been over 71,000 cases in the Garden State and over 3,100 deaths despite strict social distancing enforcement measures.
Massachusetts has been hit with 29,900+ confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,100+ deaths. While even one death is tragic, these grim statistics are better than what could have happened given the initial reporting from Boston.
Michigan has been inundated with 27,800+ cases (the vast majority in metro Detroit). The mortality rate in Michigan has been relatively high at 6.8 percent. In total 1,900+ people have perished there.
Governor Newsom (D) implemented strict, some would say draconian measures early, to slow COVID-19’s spread. Over 27,000 Californias have been infected with the virus. Newsom’s indefinite shelter-in-place orders have kept the number of infected from proliferating and the death toll at a relatively low 800.
Pennsylvania has seen 26,800+ cases of COVID-19 and 800+ deaths in recent weeks. The silver lining in these statistics is that the rate of new cases is slowing down, meaning that the state may be able to reopen sooner per President Trump’s pending guidelines.
Illinois has seen more than 24,500 cases of COVID-19 and over 900 deaths as a result. A look over the data reveals that the worst has possibly come to pass in the state. As with the other states on this list, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order, minimizing human interaction. Pritzker’s executive order came on March 20, earlier than most states.
Florida has been hit with 22,500+ cases of COVID-19 and has seen 600+ deaths. While this is relatively low in such a populated state, the economic impact of the virus on a state that relies on tourist dollars could be substantial.