This One State Is Doing the Absolute Worst at Stopping Coronavirus

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<p>While a <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>number of states across the nation</a> are struggling <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>with a surge in coronavirus cases,</a> there is one state that has it worst of all: Nevada. At least, that’s according a recently launched website that tracks how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each state, which shows Nevada experiencing the worst coronavirus spike in the country.</p>
<p>Created by Instagram co-founders <strong>Kevin Systrom</strong> and <strong>Mike Krieger</strong>, <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”></a> is a real-time tracker of exactly how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each state. The site focuses on up-to-date values for something called R<sub>t</sub>, “the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person.” According to the site, if R<sub>t</sub> is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly; when R<sub>t</sub> is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.</p>
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<p>As of June 29, Nevada has the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>highest estimated rate of transmission</a> of 1.64, per the site. <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Montana</a> and <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Florida</a> have estimated transmission rates of 1.41 and 1.4, respectively. The areas with the lowest estimated rates are <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Connecticut</a> and <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Washington, D.C.</a>, each at 0.77. For comparison, you can see how Nevada has spiked on the far right on the graph below.</p>
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<p>The site’s chart chart for Nevada demonstrates how bad things are for the state, and reflects how the “curve” went up notably after a shelter-at-home mandate ended on May 8.</p>
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<p>Nevada has been fairly aggressive in reopening parts of its economy, particularly major tourist destinations like the casinos in Las Vegas. Medical and public healthcare experts have identified <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>poorly ventilated</a> and highly trafficked indoor areas—<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>like casinos</a>—as among the most dangerous places to contract the virus.</p>
<p>Appearing on CNBC, Systrom noted that 34 states in the U.S. have an estimated <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>rate of coronavirus transmission</a> above 1.0. “You have an incredible rebound,” said Systrom. “People like to say we’re not in a second wave. I don’t know what a second wave [is] if that’s not a second wave.” And for more on the rise of cases across the country, <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>This Is Exactly Why Coronavirus Cases Are Surging, Harvard Doctor Says</a>.</p>

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