COVID Cases Are “Rising Fastest” in These 5 States — Eat This Not That


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States, certain states are seeing a rapid increase in cases. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five states in particular are experiencing a surge in cases. In this article, we’ll take a look at the five states with the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases and discuss what you can do to protect yourself and your family. We’ll also provide some tips on how to eat healthy during this time, so you can stay healthy and strong.

COVID Cases Are “Rising Fastest” in These 5 States — Eat This Not That

As the United States continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of cases is rising in certain states faster than others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the five states with the highest rate of new cases are:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Georgia

These states have seen a dramatic increase in cases over the past few weeks, with Arizona leading the way with a staggering increase of over 50%.

The CDC recommends that people in these states take extra precautions to protect themselves and their families from the virus. This includes wearing a face mask in public, washing hands frequently, and avoiding large gatherings. Additionally, it is important to practice social distancing and maintain a healthy diet to help boost the immune system.

Eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy and fight off illnesses. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help keep the body strong and resilient. It is also important to limit processed and sugary foods, as these can weaken the immune system.

By following these simple guidelines, people in the five states with the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases can help protect themselves and their families from the virus. Eating a healthy diet and taking the necessary precautions can go a long way in keeping everyone safe.

The state of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift, as the highly contagious Omicron and its subvariants have crested in some areas and are rising rapidly in others. Health officials say it’s important to know the level of community transmission in your area, so you can make informed choices about preventative measures like masking and activities like large gatherings. These are the five states where COVID is rising the fastest. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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According to the New York Times‘ COVID data tracker, the state’s new COVID cases are up 54% in the last 14 days. “Fortunately, we’re not seeing the mortality impact,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, told MPB News this week. “Don’t wanna underenforce the importance of getting treatment and everything, because we are gonna lose folks. And if it’s that one person you love, it’s 100% tragedy for you. But 95% plus of people have some immunity to COVID, so that’s making all the difference.”

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In Alabama, new cases are up 52% over 14 days ago. This comes the same week as a national scorecard on COVID response ranked the state last because of its low vaccination rate, hospital stress levels, and high numbers of excess deaths.

Sunset in Montana

According to Times data, new COVID cases have risen 34% in Montana in the last 14 days. “We are definitely seeing an uptick. I think it’s also important to remember that the numbers are only the reported numbers, but there are people who are positive and not testing or testing at home and not self-reporting, so not only are we seeing an increase in cases we know, the actual amount of cases is somewhere between a little higher to somewhere much higher,” health official D’Shane Barnett told the Longview News-Journal on June 11. About 55% of the state’s residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID, about 10% below the national average.

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In Louisiana, new cases have increased 26% over two weeks ago. This week, health officials said the state is experiencing its sixth surge of COVID. “And thankfully as compared to prior surges, on average people are not getting very sick with this variety of COVID that’s being spread right now,” said state health officer Dr. Joe Kanter. “In prior surges, this amount of COVID out there would translate into a much larger degree of hospitalizations and deaths. We’re thankfully not seeing that this time around.” Health officials say of those hospitalized with COVID, 63% are not fully vaccinated, and 87% are not fully vaccinated or boosted.

Little Rock, Arkansas

New COVID cases in Arkansas are up 23% in the last 14 days, according to the Times tracker. State health officials urged residents to get their young children vaccinated against the virus. (Vaccines are now available for children as young as six months.) “These vaccines have been very well tested. We have a year and half worth of monitoring that we’ve done since the vaccine was first authorized in adults and in older teens,” Dr. Robert Hopkins told THV 11

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Follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been published on Beachbody and Openfit. A contributing writer for Eat This, Not That!, he has also been published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview, and many others. Read more