The news has been overwhelmed with stories about a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.  As a side effect, some states are beginning to backtrack on reopening plans.

Multiple news stories have been released which point to several states in particular that are experiencing an increase in new COVID-19 cases.

We decided to dig past the headlines to find some additional information.

First, we checked the CDC’s actual case count website for where case counts were increasing.

Image: CDC

In ranking order, here are the top 10 states with the most cases in the last 7 days:

  1. Florida – 66,789
  2. California – 61,224
  3. Texas – 57,574
  4. Arizona – 30,561
  5. Georgia – 21,053
  6. South Carolina – 12,708
  7. North Caroline – 12,391
  8. Tennessee – 11,217
  9. Louisiana – 11,182
  10. Alabama – 8,618

So, what’s causing the increase in COVID-19 cases?

There’s a lot of speculation as to why there is an increase however no conclusive evidence has been providing as of yet.  

Zoran Bursac, chair of the Department of Biostatistics admits that, “We began this project looking to create forecasting models, but we learned it is easier to predict hurricanes than the spread of COVID-19 due to many dynamic factors that change constantly”.

In California, Barbara Ferrer, PhD, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health states“While some of the increases are due to test reporting issues, it is clear that much of the increase represents more community transmission.”

Still, in our opinion, it seems the causes are likely due to following factors:

  • Increased testing
  • Lack of mask wearing in dense areas
  • Higher communicable exposure due to businesses reopening their doors

There seems to be no end in sight.

For anyone looking for recent news for these top 10 states in particular, we’ve compiled a list of executive orders, resource pages, and government sites focused on COVID-19 below.

Below is each states most recent COVID-19 plans or Gubernatorial releases as of July 9th 2020.

  1. Florida
    1. Gov. DeSantis’ Recovery Plan
    1. Gov. DeSantis Executive Orders
  2. California
    1. Cal.gov Resource Page
    1. Gov. Newsom Executive Orders
  3. Texas
    1. Gov. Abbott’s Strike Force Page
  4. Arizona
    1. Gov. Ducey Public News Brief
  5. Georgia
    1. Gov. Kemp extended executive orders
  6. South Carolina
    1. SC Covid-19 Response Page
    1. Gov. McMaster Executive Orders
  7. North Carolina
    1. Response Plan Page
    1. Gov. Cooper Executive Orders
  8. Tennessee
    1. Pledge Plan
    1. Gov. Lee Executive Orders
  9. Louisiana
    1. Resource Page
    1. Gov. Edwards Orders Page
  10. Alabama – 8,618
    1. Gov. Ivey Orders and Plans Page