Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 65-74
US COVID-19 State Mortality and Case Progression - A Midterm Report Card
Vernon Wen-Hau Lin, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, The Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Daniel Lin, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, California, USA
Hugh Pforsich, Accounting Department, California State University, Sacramento, California, USA
Xiaoming Zhang, Neurological Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Received: Aug. 14, 2020;       Accepted: Sep. 8, 2020;       Published: Sep. 21, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.sjcm.20200903.14      View  216      Downloads  124
The US is leading the world in terms of the number of deaths and cases due to COVID-19. After the end of the national lockdown, there has been a significant rise in both new cases and deaths associated with COVID-19—especially in the southern and western states. This study presents an interim report of each state (50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico), in terms of mortality rate (MR, the number of cumulative deaths per 100,000 population due to COVID-19 by July 15, 2020) and Case Rate Progression (CRP, the percent change in the number of cumulative cases per 100,000 population increased from May 31 to July 15, 2020). The study provided an A - F grade report card for each state when compared to one another. The results showed that the states that received F’s in MR are the following (starting from the worst): New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington DC, Rhode Island, and Louisiana. The following states received F’s in CRP (starting from the worst): Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Montana, Alaska, Nevada, and Oklahoma. A poor CRP grade reflects rampant increases in new COVID-19 cases, followed by resulting increases in hospitalization, health resource utilization, and mortality. Some prior high casualty states with MR grades of F (e.g. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) have maintained low new case counts and received A grades in CRP. They are exemplary in terms of COVID-19 state/region-wide response and public health efforts.
Covid-19, Mortality Rate, Case Rate Progression, Report Card
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Vernon Wen-Hau Lin, Daniel Lin, Hugh Pforsich, Xiaoming Zhang, US COVID-19 State Mortality and Case Progression - A Midterm Report Card, Science Journal of Clinical Medicine. Vol. 9, No. 3, 2020, pp. 65-74. doi: 10.11648/j.sjcm.20200903.14
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