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What You Need to Know

  • The Kansas City, Missouri, and St. Louis numbers look terrible because of a reporting change.
  • The national hospitalization and death rate numbers are continuing to improve.
  • The national new case numbers are increasing.

The big question about COVID-19 this week is whether this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic in the United States or a period leading up to the start of a big fourth wave.

Most U.S. COVID-19 pandemic intensity numbers have been looking better. About 75 million U.S. residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

But tough new variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, have been causing surges of new cases and hospitalizations in Brazil, India and many countries in Europe, including France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, according to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Explorer weekly changes tracking table.

Officials in France, who have tried to ease lockdown rules there, announced Thursday that they are imposing tough new restrictions for four weeks because of a surge in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The situation in France is different from the situation in the United States: Only about 7% of the people in France have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

But, if a new wave of cases starts in the United States, that could cause headaches for U.S. health insurance, life insurance and disability insurance issuers. Executives from some publicly traded insurers have told securities analysts that they have assumed in projections for 2021 that the country will mostly be done with COVID-19 early in the year.

Pandemic Intensity Data

Here’s what happened to some of the federal government’s national COVID-19 pandemic intensity indicators between the week ending March 5 and the week ending March 12, according to another government COVID-19 tracking report, the latest COVID-19 State Profile Report set.

  • New Cases per 100,000 People: 140 (up from 130)
  • Percentage of People Tested Who Had COVID-19: 4.1% (down from 4.5%)
  • New COVID-19 Hospital Admissions per 100 Beds: 10 (down from 11)
  • COVID-19 Deaths per 100,000: 3.1 (down from 3.6)
  • Nursing Homes With 1 or More New Resident COVID-19 Deaths: 2% (down from 3%)

The increase in the new case rate could be partly the result of an increase in use of testing, but it could also be the result of an actual increase in the number of new cases.

The Local Picture

Here’s a look at what happened to new COVID-19 cases and COVID-19-related deaths in 110 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas with 500,000 or more residents.

The metropolitan areas here are listed by the names of the biggest or best known cities in those areas.

COVID-19 Case and Death Rates in High-Population U.S. Metropolitan Areas

This chart gives the pandemic figures for the week ending March 12 for metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 residents.
The City at the Heart of the Metropolitan Area Population Cases per 100,000 People, Last 7 Days Deaths per 100,000 People, Last 7 Days Cases, Percentage Change Since Previous Week Deaths, Percentage Change Since Previous Week
Akron, Ohio        703,479           118              - +7% -100%
Albany, New York,        880,381           120            1.5 -12% +62%
Albuquerque, New Mexico        918,018             69            1.3 -20% -57%
Allentown, Pennsylvania        844,052           191            2.5 +12% -36%
Atlanta     6,020,364           106            3.1 -40% -28%
Augusta, Georgia        608,980             73            1.6 -41% -68%
Austin, Texas     2,227,083             81            1.8 -2% -41%
Bakersfield, California        900,202             71          22.1 -28% +206%
Baltimore     2,800,053           117            1.8 +21% +47%
Baton Rouge, Louisiana        854,884             90            2.3 -12% +25%
Birmingham, Alabama     1,090,435           194            3.1 +18% -21%
Boise City, Idaho        749,202           101            1.2 +9% 0%
Boston     4,873,019           143            2.9 +19% -19%
Bridgeport, Connecticut        943,332           189            1.1 +34% -57%
Buffalo, New York     1,127,983           158            1.5 -3% -23%
Fort Myers, Florida        770,577           138            1.9 -5% -12%
Charleston, South Carolina        802,122           123            1.7 -17% -22%
Charlotte, North Carolina     2,636,883           121            1.3 -2% -42%
Chattanooga, Tennessee        565,194           121            0.9 -3% -50%
Chicago     9,458,539             82            1.3 -13% -25%
Cincinnati     2,221,208             99            0.5 -8% -41%
Cleveland     2,048,449           105              - 0% -100%
Colorado Springs, Colorado        745,791           125            0.3 -8% 0%
Columbia, South Carolina        838,433           133            2.0 -7% -43%
Columbus, Ohio     2,122,271             94              - +1% -100%
Dallas     7,573,136           120            4.2 -18% -18%
Dayton, Ohio        807,611             55              - -7% -100%
Daytona Beach, Florida        668,365           123            1.3 -6% -61%
Denver     2,967,239           129            1.2 -2% +118%
Des Moines, Iowa        699,292           133            2.4 +3% -11%
Detroit     4,319,629           174            1.1 +53% -35%
Durham, North Carolina        644,367             96            0.8 +9% -62%
El Paso, Texas        844,124           171            7.6 -8% +21%
Fayetteville, North Carolina        526,719           108            1.1 -20% -40%
Fayetteville, Arkansas        534,904             88            4.3 -6% +360%
Fresno, California        999,101             91            4.6 -9% +2%
Grand Rapids, Michigan     1,077,370           110            1.0 +27% -8%
Greensboro, North Carolina        771,851           112            1.7 -17% +30%
Greenville, South Carolina        920,477           179            3.4 -20% -34%
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania        577,941           124            1.2 -10% -46%
Hartford, Connecticut     1,204,877           121            1.7 +21% -33%
Houston     7,066,141           138            3.6 -27% -18%
Indianapolis     2,074,537             64            1.7 -26% -10%
Jackson, Mississippi        594,806           129            1.7 +52% -58%
Jacksonville, Florida     1,559,514             84            2.1 -13% -44%
Kansas City, Missouri*     2,157,990           827            2.2 +1351% +4%
Knoxville, Tennessee        869,046           121            0.9 -8% -56%
Winter Haven, Florida        724,777           108            2.5 -25% -50%
Lancaster, Pennsylvania        545,724           154            1.8 -1% -50%
Lansing, Michigan        550,391           172            1.6 +59% +80%
Las Vegas     2,266,715           115            3.2 +35% 0%
Lexington, Kentucky        517,056           123            2.7 -12% -42%
Little Rock, Arkansas        742,384             69            2.7 -7% -31%
Long Beach, California   13,214,799             59            5.1 -38% -26%
Louisville, Kentucky     1,265,108           108            3.0 -10% 0%
Madison, Wisconsin        664,865             61            0.6 -20% -64%
McAllen, Texas         868,707           267            2.4 +44% -57%
Memphis, Tennessee     1,346,045             89            2.1 +4% -20%
Miami     6,166,488           226            3.7 -18% -1%
Milwaukee     1,575,179             65            0.9 -11% -36%
Minneapolis     3,640,043           133            2.4 +44% +93%
Modesto, California        550,660           134            2.4 +13% +30%
Nashville, Tennessee     1,934,317           154            1.4 +13% +8%
New Haven, Connecticut        854,757           203            3.4 +7% +142%
New Orleans     1,270,530             67            2.0 -25% -16%
Newark, New Jersey   19,216,182           313            4.0 +4% -9%
Sarasota, Florida        836,995           123            1.9 -17% -41%
Ogden, Utah        683,864             91            1.6 -10% +10%
Oklahoma City     1,408,950           110            4.0 +1% +460%
Omaha, Nebraska        949,442             94            0.9 -19% -47%
Orlando, Florida     2,608,147           129            2.0 -15% -16%
Thousand Oaks, California        846,006             36            4.4 -59% -14%
Melbourne, Florida        601,942           130            3.2 +3% +6%
Pensacola, Florida        502,629             77            4.2 -42% +50%
Philadelphia     6,102,434           156            2.2 +7% -37%
Phoenix     4,948,203             99            2.9 -24% -37%
Pittsburgh     2,317,600           132            1.4 +14% -47%
Portland, Maine        538,500           115            0.2 +12% -92%
Portland, Oregon     2,492,412             49            0.6 +71% -73%
Poughkeepsie, New York        679,158           311            1.8 +9% -25%
Providence, Rhode Island     1,624,578           180            4.0 +1% -29%
Provo-Orem, Utah        648,252           108            1.5 -7% +25%
Raleigh, North Carolina     1,390,785           128            1.9 -1% -32%
Richmond, Virginia     1,291,900           119            6.0 -5% -61%
Riverside, California     4,650,631             45          19.2 -19% +151%
Rochester, New York     1,069,644             96            0.7 -10% -42%
Sacramento, California     2,363,730             54            1.8 -17% +13%
Salt Lake City     1,232,696           107            1.5 -4% +29%
San Antonio     2,550,960             94            4.2 -9% -39%
San Diego     3,338,330             71            1.9 -10% -29%
San Francisco     4,731,803             40            2.2 -16% +8%
San Jose, California     1,990,660             44            2.1 -28% -9%
Scranton, Pennsylvania        553,885           137            0.9 +14% -77%
Seattle     3,979,845             59            0.9 +4% -24%
Spokane, Washington        568,521             81            1.6 +2% -40%
Springfield, Massachusetts        697,382           148            4.3 -7% -36%
St. Louis*     2,803,228           543            2.4 +614% -51%
Stockton, California        762,148             55            2.8 -25% -67%
Syracuse, New York        648,593             79            1.2 -14% +14%
Tampa, Florida     3,194,831           133            2.6 -7% 0%
Toledo, Ohio        641,816           125              - -4% -100%
Tucson, Arizona     1,047,279             72            3.7 -24% -13%
Tulsa, Oklahoma        998,626             64            3.9 -29% +105%
Honolulu        974,563             26            0.6 +33% +50%
Norfolk, Virginia     1,768,901           128            5.7 +5% -46%
Washington, D.C.     6,280,487             97            1.8 -1% -47%
Wichita, Kansas        640,218             55            1.9 -25% -40%
Winston-Salem, North Carolina        676,008             90            3.1 -17% -19%
Worcester, Massachusetts        947,404           124            2.7 -5% +8%
Youngstown, Ohio        536,081             75            0.4 -22% 0%
 * Missouri numbers were affected by a change in what testing results public health officials there include in the state’s case counts.

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(Image: NIH)