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The Percentage of Adults at High Risk for Coronavirus Complications by State

The Percentage of Adults at High Risk for Coronavirus Complications by State

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The U.S. is continuing to see flare-ups of coronavirus cases while lockdown restrictions are loosened in most states. As travel restrictions are lifted, gyms and restaurants begin to allow patrons back and people start getting back into old routines, it must be kept in mind that certain populations are still at high risk for complications from the virus.

The Kaiser Family Foundation shared the percentages of adults (people 18 or older) in each state who are at a higher risk for serious illness if they are infected by the coronavirus. The Kaiser Family Foundation considers an adult to be high risk if they are over the age of 65, if they are between the ages of 18 and 64 and suffer from heart disease, COPD, uncontrolled asthma, diabetes or have a BMI of more than 40. 

Alabama

Alabama

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Alabama, the easiest state to social distance in, has just over 3.6 million adults. Forty-three percent of those adults are considered high risk.

Alaska

Alaska

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Alaska may be the worst state in terms of working from home, but it is on the lower end of having high-risk adults. Of the 527,792 adults in the state, 33% of them are high risk.

Arizona

Arizona

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The Grand Canyon state has over 5.3 million adults. Of those, 39% are at high risk.

Arkansas

Arkansas

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Forty-four percent of Arkansas’ 2.2 million adults are considered high risk.

California

California

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With over 29.8 million adults, California is on the lower end for adults with high risk. Thirty-three percent need to be wary of serious infection — especially because the state does a poor job of social distancing.

Colorado

Colorado

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While it might be nice to do some summer traveling to national parks, you should still keep safety measures in mind for you and for others who might be at a higher risk than you. Of Colorado’s 4.3 million adults, 31% are at high risk.

Connecticut

Connecticut

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Thirty-six percent of Connecticut’s just over 2.7 million adults are at high risk.

Delaware

Delaware

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Forty-one percent of Delaware’s 739,951 adults are at high risk.

Florida

Florida

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While you might want to get away to one of Florida’s many beaches, it might be best to enjoy some vintage beach photos instead. The state has a high percentage of at-risk adults — 42% of the state’s over 16.6 million adults.

Georgia

Georgia

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Georgia has been dealing with some of the highest numbers of unemployment insurance initial claims in the nation as a result of the pandemic. In terms of health, 36% of its 7.7 million adults are at high risk.

Hawaii

Hawaii

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Managing coronavirus anxiety can be difficult for anyone, but especially for those who are at high risk. In Hawaii, 39% of the state’s just over 1 million adults are at high risk.

Idaho

Idaho

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Thirty-six percent of Idaho’s 1.2 million adults are at high risk.

Illinois

Illinois

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Thirty-six percent of Illinois’s 9.6 million adults are at high risk.

Indiana

Indiana

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Forty percent of Indiana’s over 4.9 million adults are at high risk.

Iowa

Iowa

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The environment impacts your health in many ways, and if you’re at risk like the 37% of Iowa’s over 2.3 million adults, it’s even more important to stay safe when a pandemic adds more insecurity.

Kansas

Kansas

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Thirty-eight percent of Kansas’ 2.1 million adults are at high risk.

Kentucky

Kentucky

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Forty-four percent of Kentucky’s 3.3 million adults are at high risk.

Louisiana

Louisiana

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Forty-two percent of Louisiana's 3.4 million adults are at high risk.

Maine

Maine

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Even before coronavirus, there were things that many adults needed to be concerned about, like losing joint mobility or having an irregular heart rate. Now, being anywhere in a public setting where coronavirus can easily spread is a concern. For Maine residents, 43% of the state’s just over 1 million adults need to be cautious since they’re at high risk.

Maryland

Maryland

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Thirty-seven percent of Maryland’s just over 4.5 million adults are at high risk.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

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Thirty-five percent of Massachusetts’ just over 5.3 million adults are at high risk.

Michigan

Michigan

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Forty-one percent of Michigan’s 7.6 million adult population is at an increased risk.

Minnesota

Minnesota

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For the 34% of Minnesota’s 4.2 million adults who are at high risk and taking extra precautions like staying in, there are plenty of free, online workout classes that will keep you active while sheltering in place.

Mississippi

Mississippi

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Forty-three percent of Mississippi’s over 2.1 million adults are at high risk.

Missouri

Missouri

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Forty-one percent of Missouri’s over 4.5 million adults are considered high risk.

Montana

Montana

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Of Montana’s 813,505 adults, 39% are at high risk for contracting serious illness from the coronavirus.

Nebraska

Nebraska

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Of Nebraska’s over 1.4 million adults, 37% are at high risk.

Nevada

Nevada

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Thirty-six percent of Nevada’s just over 2.3 million adults are at high risk.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

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Adding immune-boosting foods to your regular diet and doing low-impact workouts that still break a sweat are great ways to stay healthy, but just because you’re staying on top of your health doesn’t mean other people — particularly those at risk — can do so as easily. Of New Hampshire’s just over 1 million adults, 41% of them are at high risk.

New Jersey

New Jersey

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Thirty-five percent of New Jersey’s over 6.7 million adults are at high risk.

New Mexico

New Mexico

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Of New Mexico’s over 1.5 million adults, 39% of them are at high risk.

New York

New York

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Thirty-seven percent of the state’s over 15 million adults are at high risk.

North Carolina

North Carolina

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In North Carolina, 39% of the adult population of over 7.7 million people are at high risk.

North Dakota

North Dakota

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Of North Dakota’s 560,523 adults, 35% of them are at high risk.

Ohio

Ohio

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Even small things like grocery shopping during coronavirus can cause worry for those with a higher risk of serious illness than others — that’s why it’s so important to wear a mask and wash your hands. In Ohio, 40% of the state’s over 8.8 million adults are at high risk.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

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Forty-one percent of Oklahoma’s over 2.8 million adults are at high risk.

Oregon

Oregon

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As we continue to avoid large crowds and stay mindful of those around us, it’s also important to remember that public places aren’t the only places where you can catch the virus. Deep cleaning things in your home — especially after being out in public — is one way to help those in your life who are at a high risk of more serious infection, like 40% of Oregon’s over 3.2 million adults.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

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Of the nearly 9.8 million adults in Pennsylvania, 40% of them are considered high risk.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

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Thirty-eight percent of Rhode Island’s 814,843 adults are at high risk.

South Carolina

South Carolina

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Forty-one percent of South Carolina’s over 3.8 million adults are at high risk.

South Dakota

South Dakota

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When many other states were enforcing strong lockdowns, South Dakota residents faced the fewest coronavirus restrictions. Of the state’s 639,915 adults, 35% are at high risk for serious coronavirus illness.

Tennessee

Tennessee

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Being at risk means a lot more precautions have to be taken than just social distancing. Keeping a healthy home, wearing a mask and frequently washing your hands are just some ways to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to the 42% of at-risk adults out of Tennessee’s total of 5.1 million.

Texas

Texas

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Texas, behind only California, has the second-highest number of adults 18 and older. There are 20.7 million adults in the state and 35% of them are at high risk.

Utah

Utah

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Maybe Utah’s residents are eating foods that boost their immune system, or maybe they’re taking advantage of spending time outside, but the state doesn’t have as many adults who are considered high risk as other states. Of the state’s 2.1 million adults, 30% are at high risk.

Vermont

Vermont

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Thirty-nine percent of Vermont’s 490,326 adults are at high risk.

Virginia

Virginia

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Thirty-six percent of Virginia’s 6.3 million adults are at high risk.

Washington

Washington

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Thirty-five percent of Washington’s 5.7 million adults are at high risk.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

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If you were planning a trip to visit the many museums and landmarks in the country’s capital, it might be best to wait, considering 32% of Washington, D.C.’s 542,174 adults are at high risk.

West Virginia

West Virginia

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West Virginia has a higher percentage of at-risk adults than any other state. Forty-nine percent of the state’s over 1.3 million adults could get seriously ill.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

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With its many lake towns, it might be hard for visitors and those with cottages to avoid the summer water activities they love, but social distancing will make it easier for the state’s at-risk adults. Thirty-seven percent of the 4.4 million adults are high risk.

Wyoming

 Wyoming

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Thirty-six percent of Wyoming’s 431,859 adults are at high risk. To protect those who are at a higher risk due to age or other health conditions, Americans should continue to practice preventative measures like social distancing and mask-wearing. It might start to get frustrating, but there are plenty of hobbies you can start at home and virtual tours in every state you can take right from your couch.

 

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