July 20, 2021 5:45 am
Last updated: July 20, 2021 6:42 am
As the Delta variant continues to spread, new cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in the United States. For the past week, there were an average of 8.4 new daily cases of the virus per 100,000 Americans, up from an average of 4.7 new daily cases per 100,000 the week before.
Nationwide, the average number of new infections a day has increased in 48 states, has fallen in none, and has remained practically unchanged in two over the past week. The current surge in cases nationwide is being driven disproportionately by Arkansas and Florida, the two states where the average number of new daily cases per capita is rising the fastest.
In total, there have been around 33,644,000 documented cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States since the first known infection on January 21, 2020 in Washington State.
To date, North Dakota has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita of any state at 14,598 per 100,000 population. Nationwide, there were a total of 10,283 cases per 100,000 population.
All COVID-19 data used in this story is as of July 18, 2021. It is important to note that weekly infection rates in some states may include cases of the virus that have occurred earlier but were not previously counted.