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Elections, Health

Animating COVID: Weekly Coronavirus Rates for all 50 states (3/19/20 to 8/6/20)

The headline: Watch the evolution of COVID-19 in all 50 states (and DC) from March to August.

The chart:

  • The COVID rates (weekly cases per million population) are plotted for each state from March 19th to August 6th. The states plot in order from when they reached their peak rate, starting with Michigan and Vermont who both reached their peak rate on April 10th. The animation wraps up with Hawaii who, as of August 6th, are currently at their peak rate.
  • The states are colored according to the 2016 election result. Red states voted for Trump, with dark-red states having the largest Trump vote percentage. Blue states voted for Clinton, with dark-blue states having the largest Clinton vote percentage.
  • Louisiana is the only state to have significant peaks in both the first COVID wave (March to early- June) and the second COVID wavee (mid-June until August).
  • Nine states have had their peak in the last seven days: Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Alaska, Montana, and Hawaii.

The data: COVID-19 data were collected from USAFacts (https://usafacts.org/visualizations/coronavirus-covid-19-spread-map/).Election data were collected and compiled by Charted Territory.

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