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We learned late yesterday that New Hampshire has the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest seven-day rate of COVID-19 cases, and as of today, it’s still in the top spot.

With a rate of 539.5 cases per 100,000 residents, New Hampshire is higher than Minnesota (534.6), Michigan (517.7), Vermont (483.5) and North Dakota (441.4). The national average today is 203.3 cases per 100,000.

New Hampshire might not stay No. 1 for long. This is a snapshot of how the pandemic looks now, and COVID-19 cases rise and fall periodically across the country. Florida is currently seeing the lowest per capita cases in the U.S., but back in July, it accounted for about 20% of all cases in the country.

Gov. Chris Sununu told us today that this shouldn’t come as a surprise. He said he and state health officials have been talking about surging COVID-19 cases for months, and other northern states, including Vermont, are also seeing big numbers. He noted that New Hampshire is not leading the country in hospitalizations or deaths, but he said things could get worse in the next few weeks before cases start to decline consistently again.

Experts continue to say that the best way to get the virus in check is for more people to get vaccinated. While New Hampshire health officials have been unable recently to provide a breakdown of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated infections, hospital officials have told us that at least 70% of COVID-19 patients they see currently are unvaccinated, and a significant number of those who are vaccinated haven’t yet received a booster.

As the COVID-19 surge has continued through the fall, we’ve seen vaccination rates start to tick up slightly, after being flat through the summer. The governor has said there’s high demand for vaccinations, with pharmacies too short on staffing to accommodate everyone quickly. So, as always, the advice remains the same — get vaccinated as soon as you can, get a booster if you qualify, wear masks when it makes sense and avoid large gatherings. Those are the ways to knock New Hampshire off the top spot.

If you have any questions or comments, send them to Kirk Enstrom at [email protected] or ping Kirk on Twitter @kirkenstrom.

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