What happens in Minnesota is pretty similar to what is happening in the states around us, so every now and then we like to show a regional look. The Southeast is completely calm, while the Midwest has the most action. Some of you won’t like reading this, but the death rates are suppressed because the vaccines are pretty effective at protecting against death. These are the current regional case and death charts, which Dave Dixon has updated, with the following notes:
- US case data by state is taken from a CDC data base: https://data.cdc.gov/Case-Surveillance/United-States-COVID-19-Cases-and-Deaths-by-State-o/9mfq-cb36 , This data base appears to be corrupted, especially for California, in early 2021. Therefore, all data for all states prior to 8/1/2021 is the version published by the CDC on 10/24/2021. All data starting 8/1/2021 is the most current available data, published by the CDC on 12/3/2021. The CDC did not respond to inquiries regarding the apparent data errors.
- US deaths data is taken from a CDC data base here: https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisional-COVID-19-Death-Counts-by-Week-Ending-D/r8kw-7aab
- State population estimates used to calculate rates per 100k are taken from the CDC data file nst-est2019-01.xlsx, available here: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-kits/2019/national-state-estimates.html
- The Midwest region currently has the highest case rate per 100k in the US, so Minnesota is not the only state in the region to be experiencing a surge in cases.
- Covid deaths in all regions are currently low and declining, although a lag in reporting by the CDC may be contributing to the recent declining trend.