We have experienced a tumultuous year because of the pandemic - Covid-19. Most of our activities are temporarily interrupted especially travel dreams. However, the festival spirit is around the corner, traveling desire increases dramatically. Based on AAA, nearly 8.4 million Americans may still go on their journey from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3. Although the number is down by 34 million people from at the same time last year, CDC still recommends “Any type of travel needs to stop”.
So here, we will list the 5 riskiest states to visit this holiday and why is that. Let’s get started!
Tennessee is the first state in 5 riskiest states to visit over the holiday. It is reported that estimated 128.3 new cases per 100,000 people every day - 18.1% of Covid tests are positive
Tennessee becomes the top state of national charts about Covid-19 cases. But, the face mask requirement and physical distancing in public are not strict at all. The people are just recommended but not forced so the potential for infection is actually alarming.
Tennessee’s percent positive rate is 18.1%, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The percent positive should ideally be under 5%, per the World Health Organization. Positivity in Tennessee has been increasing for the past two weeks.
2) Rhode Island
There are around 110.4 new daily cases per 100,000 people in Rhode Island - 7.2% of Covid tests are positive
Tiny Rhode Island is becoming the hot spot of the Northeast. Different from Tennessee, face masks requirement start to be established in Rhode Island since Might. Besides, Governor Gina Raimondo extended restrictions on businesses such as temporarily closing bars and gyms and decreasing restaurant capacity down to 33%.
The percent positive of positive test rate is 7.2% that is still higher than it should be. Positivity has been increasing for the past two weeks.
The third in this list is Arizona with 91.5 new daily cases per 100,000 people - 14.5% of Covid tests are positive.
Although public health officials put pressure on this major-Covid-19-hot-spot state, Governor Doug Ducey has refused to issue a statewide mask mandate.
14.5% is the percent positive rate of Arizona. As we all know, the rate is almost 3 times higher than the safe point (5%). Positivity has been increasing quite dramatically for the past two weeks.
90.2 new daily cases per 100,000 people is the stat of Indiana - 12.4% of Covid tests are positive
Last week, Governor Eric Holcomb said Indiana was "on fire" with the pandemic. The number of high-risk counties is rising twice times as the previous week. The Governor started to extend a statewide mask mandate, distancing issue and crowd sizes as well
Indiana’s percent positive rate is as high as the three stats above, at 12.4%, more than double the target. Positivity keeps rising for the past two weeks.
The last state in this list is California with 87.9 new daily cases per 100,000 people - 12.8% of Covid tests are positive
California is becoming the top 1 in both new cases and hospitalization. This state has activated the undesirable program - Mass fatality - which coordinates mutual aid across several governmental agencies. The mask mandate has been established in place by Governor Gavin Newsom’s since June 18.
The percent positive rate in California is currently at 12.8% - more than twice times as the safe spot. Positivity keep increasing for the past two weeks.
Actually, these numbers show no sign of stopping yet. We know you guys just want to pack things and go on adventures. However, in this dangerous period, our health is the very first priority. Hence, we hope these stats will help you make a good decision and stay safe.