By Norbert Michel and Drew Gonshorowski ~
As Heritage Foundation researchers havedemonstratedthroughoutthe pandemic, the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. has been heavily concentrated in a small number of states—and among a small number of counties within states. Even though the U.S. has seen a rapid rise in cases during the last few weeks, the overall levels of concentration have remained fairly consistent.
Together, New York and New Jersey alone account for 34% of total COVID-19 deaths, though they include only 9% of the U.S. population. Pictured: New York City commuters social distance while waiting for a train at the Fulton Street subway station on July 7, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)
As of July 14, 2020, for example, just 10 states account for 61% of all U.S. cases and 66% of all deaths (and 62% of the population).
The five states…
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