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Even with new cases of COVID-19 climbing quickly in Florida and Texas—by more than 1,000 more new cases per day than they saw two weeks ago—governors of those states are pressing ahead with reopening initiatives.

According to a Fortune analysis of New York Times data, Florida averaged 876 new cases per day in the seven-day period ending June 3; that compares to an average of 2,193 new cases for the period ending yesterday, June 17. Earlier this week, Governor Ron DeSantis pointed to more widespread testing and the identification of asymptomatic cases through contact tracing efforts and said the state “will not roll back” the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions despite the record-breaking levels of new cases. Some of the governor’s facts have been challenged, while others have worried about the increasing rate of positive cases in the state. While Florida’s tally of new cases topped 3,000 today, that is still well below the number of new cases hard hit New York saw at its peak in April—more than 12,000 in one day.

Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott today announced plans to reopen schools this fall, averaged 2,528 new cases per day over the past seven days; two weeks ago, that figure was roughly 1,492.

U.S. map shows Covid-19 new cases

New cases are trending upward in 18 states across the country. Along with Texas and Florida, eight other states saw the number of daily new cases rising significantly—by more than 200 new cases per day, on average.

The states hit hardest in the first months of the pandemic and in the early stages of reopening are for the most part seeing the number of new cases reported each day decline significantly. New coronavirus cases in Massachusetts are down by an average of 768 cases per day as compared to two weeks ago; in Illinois, new cases are down by an average of 734 cases per day.

State-by-state breakdown of daily new cases

New cases based on a seven-day average

State June 3 new cases June 17 new cases Change
Alabama 403 760 +358
Alaska 14 19 +5
Arizona 712 1,597 +885
Arkansas 256 463 +207
California 2,648 3,316 +668
Colorado 324 168 -157
Connecticut 258 155 -103
Delaware 88 55 -33
District of Columbia 87 44 -43
Florida 876 2,193 +1,317
Georgia 571 822 +251
Hawaii 1 8 +7
Idaho 37 53 +16
Illinois 1,381 647 -734
Indiana 481 391 -90
Iowa 276 269 -7
Kansas 118 124 +6
Kentucky 167 166 -2
Louisiana 364 658 +293
Maine 40 28 -12
Maryland 939 493 -446
Massachusetts 1,053 285 -768
Michigan 492 188 -304
Minnesota 487 347 -140
Mississippi 325 308 -17
Missouri 199 213 +13
Montana 6 10 +4
Nebraska 270 172 -98
Nevada 114 234 +119
New Hampshire 73 37 -36
New Jersey 777 337 -440
New Mexico 127 116 -10
New York 1,303 709 -594
North Carolina 889 1,262 +373
North Dakota 34 32 -2
Ohio 479 407 -72
Oklahoma 82 203 +121
Oregon 52 161 +110
Pennsylvania 604 425 -178
Puerto Rico 89 96 +7
Rhode Island 124 65 -58
South Carolina 290 685 +396
South Dakota 65 64 -1
Tennessee 523 533 +10
Texas 1,492 2,528 +1,036
Utah 264 355 +91
Vermont 3 5 +2
Virginia 951 514 -437
Washington 279 333 +54
West Virginia 25 26 +1
Wisconsin 436 266 -170
Wyoming 8 19 +11

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