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Coronavirus Update: Here are the States Where COVID-19 is Spreading Fastest and Slowest

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If Americans were able to slow the spread of COVID-19, how long do Americans think it would take for the U.S. economy to improve?

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New York is the state where COVID-19 spread slowest in June 2020.

Each week, our Benzinga data team releases nationally sampled consumer sentiment survey data related to the impact coronavirus has had on consumer sentiment and the national economy. Our final weekly report for June addresses how quickly Americans believe the economic stagnation caused by COVID-19 will last, as well as the states where COVID-19 is currently spreading at the fastest rate.

Benzinga released nationally sampled consumer sentiment survey data that surveyed over 1,500 U.S. adults 18 or older about whether their families are overall better or worse off financially than a year ago. 

Here are the highlights from this week’s study.

Key Findings from the Study

Rankings were determined by a group of public health experts who have worked in the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. Benzinga analyzed the data to determine the states where COVID-19 spread fastest and slowest in June 2020.

We found that Vermont, Massachusetts and Hawaii are the 3 states where COVID-19 spread fastest in June 2020. It took 21 days or fewer in all 3 states for COVID-19 cases to double.

On the flip side, we discovered New York, Michigan and New Jersey are the 3 states where COVID-19 spread slowest in June 2020. All 3 states took 300 days or longer for COVID-19 cases to double.

States Where COVID-19 Spread Fastest in June 2020

  • 1: Arizona and Arkansas: 17 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 2: South Carolina: 18 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 3: Alabama: 21 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 4: North Carolina: 23 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 5: Florida: 28 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 6: Utah and Alaska: 29 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 7: Texas: 30 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 8: Oklahoma: 31 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 9: Tennessee: 33 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 10: Nevada and California: 34 days for COVID-19 cases to double

States Where COVID-19 Spread Slowest in June 2020

  • 41: Colorado: 123 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 42: Delaware: 134 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 43: Illinois: 135 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 44: Pennsylvania: 148 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 45: Rhode Island: 171 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 46: Connecticut: 190 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 47: Massachusetts: 246 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 48: New Jersey: 309 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 49: Michigan: 324 days for COVID-19 cases to double
  • 50: New York: 360 days for COVID-19 cases to double

Post-COVID Economy

If we are able to stop the spread of COVID-19, how long do you think it will be before the economy starts to improve?27.6% say immediately.18.9% say 3 months.26.2% say 6-12 months.27.3% say 1 year or longer.
Survey sample size: N=1,241

Many Americans have been affected financially by the economic stagnation. We asked Americans how long they thought it would take before the economy started to improve. 

One in 4 American adults believe economic improvement would take place almost immediately after the spread of COVID-19 halted. Not all Americans are as optimistic — 1 in 2 say economic improvement would not be seen until at least 6 months after the virus is contained.

Household Money 

Looking ahead, do you think that 1 year from now you and your family will be better off financially?39.9% say better off financially29% say about the same financially14.7% say worse off financially16.4% say they’re unsure
Survey sample size: N=1,016

Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are expressing optimism about where they expect to be financially in a year’s time.

Digging deeper into our consumer confidence data for this week, 40% of Americans told us they believe their family’s financial situation will be better. Only 15% believe their family will be in an overall worse off financial situation 1 year from now.

Survey Methodology 

This study was conducted by Benzinga between June 29 and 30 and included the responses of a diverse population of American adults 18 or older. The study reflects the results from over 1,500 American adults on their thoughts and views pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The United States population estimates base is courtesy of Census.gov. The data to rate the time it takes for COVID cases to double by region is courtesy of covidexitstrategy.org.

Please contact henrykhederian@benzinga.com with questions or to schedule a phone or video interview with our team.