COVID Map Shows 8 States With Rise in Deaths

Deaths due to COVID-19 have increased in eight states across the U.S. in the week ending November 11 compared to the previous week, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Those states were Michigan (+1.2 percent), Illinois (+0.8 percent), Missouri (+0.5 percent), Tennessee (+0.5 percent), North Carolina (+0.4 percent), Maine (+0.4 percent), Colorado (+0.1 percent), and Maryland (+3 percent), which also reported the highest jump in COVID-related deaths in the entire country.

Health officials have warned that the country might experience an uptick in cases, hospitalizations and COVID-19 related deaths as we approach the winter months and our immune system is weakened by other seasonal illnesses such as colds and the flu.

COVID-19 cases started rising steadily in June and reached a peak in September before stabilizing around 15,000 nationwide in October and November. A CDC spokesperson previously told Newsweek that October usually marked the “typical start of the respiratory virus season” and said hospitalization rates “could increase” heading into the winter months.

The percentage of deaths due to COVID-19 remained relatively low in the U.S., accounting for an average of 2.4 percent of all deaths across the country in the week ending on November 11, according to CDC data. Overall, the number of deaths increased by 0.2 percent compared to the week prior.

A map of states showing the percentage of deaths due to COVID-19 in the week ending November 11, 2023, compared to the week prior. Maryland reported the highest increase in cases and the highest number of deaths.

The two states with the highest percentage of COVID-related deaths were Colorado and Maryland, where they accounted for 4.3 and 5.5 percent of all deaths, respectively. In 12 other states—Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin—deaths due to COVID-19 accounted for between 2 and 3.9 percent.

In five other states—Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, Texas—deaths due to COVID-19 were equal to 2 percent or below. In Arizona and California deaths associated with COVID-19 represented 1.8 percent of all deaths, in Florida and Texas 1.7 percent and in New Jersey 1.9 percent.

In 21 states—Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming—there were only between one and nine deaths due to COVID-19 in the week ending on November 11.

In Alaska, District of Columbia, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Utah and Vermont the percentage of deaths due to COVID-19 was zero.

According to the World Health Organization, there have been a total of 1,138,309 reported deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. from January 3, 2020 and November 16, 2023. The CDC has recommended that anyone—starting from the most vulnerable categories—get their vaccine boosters this winter.