An internal CDC memo obtained by Yahoo News reveals that nine of the ten biggest coronavirus hotspots in the United States are in two states: Florida and Texas. This, of course, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given that the number of new coronavirus cases in those two states started to skyrocket in early June. In fact, the situation in some Texas counties is so dire that some hospitals have been forced to turn away coronavirus patients because ICUs are already at full capacity.
The CDC document was circulated internally earlier in the week and highlights which U.S. counties should be categorized as “areas of concern” due to an ongoing increase in coronavirus cases. Five of the ten biggest COVID-19 hotspots can be found in Florida, with the situation in Miami-Dade County being especially worrisome. The document notes that Miami-Dade County has seen more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases over the last two weeks alone
The 10 counties which saw the highest number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks is as follows:
- Columbia, Florida – 2,336 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Allen Parish, LA – 2,026 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Real, Texas – 1,868 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Dewitt, Texas – 1,694 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Refugio, Texas – 1,493 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Miami-Dade, Florida – 1,459 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Jackson, Florida – 1,405 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Glades, Florida – 1,326 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Starr, Texas – 1,311 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
- Garden, Florida – 1,307 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks
Note that some counties have populations far below 100,000, a fact which can skew some of the data. Allen Parish County, for example, has a population of less than 30,000. As a result, their cumulative number of COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks was 519 even though the incidence per 100,000 is a much higher number.
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