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COVID cases are falling in these five states

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As the number of daily new coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached a record high of 91,295 on Thursday, a handful of states have each reported a decline in new infections over the latest two-week period.

The five states listed below have each seen a decrease in the average number of daily new cases over a 14-day period from October 16 to 29, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Daily case counts below reflect a seven-day moving average of daily new infections reported from October 16 to 29.

Missouri

  • Day 1 (October 16): 2,040.34
  • Day 14 (October 29): 1,477.75
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 2,213 on October 17
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,477.75 on October 29

While the average daily case tally in Missouri statistically dropped in the recent two-week period, the figure has been increasing throughout the outbreak since mid-March, according to JHU.

Oklahoma

  • Day 1 (October 16): 1,127
  • Day 14 (October 29): 864.25
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 1,348 on October 22
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 864.25 on October 29

While the average number of daily new cases in Oklahoma statistically declined in the latest two-week period, the average count has been rising sharply since early June, after flattening out from mid-March, according to JHU.

Louisiana

  • Day 1 (October 16): 551.86
  • Day 14 (October 29): 498.75
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 615.71 on October 24
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 494.50 on October 27

The average number of daily new cases in Louisiana statistically declined in the latest two-week period. However, the count has been flattening out from late August, after decreasing since late July, when it peaked at 2,267 on July 23, according to JHU.

Hawaii

  • Day 1 (October 16): 79.14
  • Day 14 (October 29): 59.75
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 91.57 on October 22 and 23
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 59.75 on October 29

The average number of daily new cases in Hawaii were reported to be on a downward trend in the latest 14-day period. The average count has been decreasing since late August when it peaked at 255 on August 26. The figure remained flat from mid-March to mid-July, before it rose sharply, according to JHU.

Delaware

  • Day 1 (October 16): 129.57
  • Day 14 (October 29): 148
  • Highest daily case count in 14-day period: 148 on October 29
  • Lowest daily case count in 14-day period: 124 on October 22

The average daily case tally in Delaware reported a statistical decline in the latest 14-day period. However, average daily new cases flattened out from early July, after declining from late April when it peaked at 235 on April 25, according to JHU.

Missouri college football game September 2020
A spectator waits for the Missouri State vs. Oklahoma NCAA college football game to begin, socially distanced from other seating areas on September 12 in Norman, Oklahoma. New COVID-19 cases were reported to be on a downward trend in a handful of states, including Oklahoma.
Sue Ogrocki-Pool/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 45.1 million people across the globe since it was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 8.9 million in the U.S.

Globally, more than 1.1 million have died following infection, while more than 30.3 million have reportedly recovered as of Friday, according to JHU.

The graphic below, produced by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

Spread of COVID-19 in U.S.
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