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5 States Where COVID Cases are "Out of Control" Again

Here's where it's raging right now.

COVID-19 is surging again nationwide, driven by even more contagious new variants. In five states, the virus has begun spreading exponentially in recent weeks. But health experts in those states have related insights about the latest virus variants and advice on staying safe that's useful no matter where you live. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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Wyoming

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According to the New York Times' coronavirus tracker, new cases of COVID-19 have surged more than 300% in Wyoming in the last 14 days. The state has a relatively low percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated: just 51%. "​​Nationally, the state has the second-lowest proportion of fully vaccinated residents," the Casper Star-Tribune reported this week.

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Oklahoma

New COVID-19 cases are up 170% in the last two weeks in Oklahoma, the Times' data indicates. Subvariant BA.12.1 is largely driving the surge. It can reinfect people who had already contracted the Omicron COVID variant, Dr. Dale Bratzler, chief COVID officer with the University of Oklahoma, told The Oklahoman. "People who got COVID in December, January in that huge omicron rush, their antibodies won't necessarily protect them against BA.2.12.1, because it has new mutations that the original omicron did not have. So we're seeing reinfections — people that have recovered from COVID in the past are retesting and being positive," he said.

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Idaho

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New COVID cases have nearly doubled in Idaho, surging 97% in the last 14 days. "The increases in cases we have experienced over the past few weeks are a reminder that the virus continues to spread in our communities," a representative from Southeastern Idaho Public Health told the Idaho State Journal. "It is an important reminder that vaccines are still available and are effective in helping to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths."

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Arkansas

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Cases in Arkansas have also almost doubled, increasing 94% in the last two weeks. "I suspect that, in the middle of this week, we'll have some pretty large numbers in terms of new cases. I don't think it's outside the realm of possibility to get up to 1,000 new cases [in a day] this week," state epidemiologist Mike Cima told the Democrat-Gazette on Monday. He noted that hospitalizations remained steady.

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Kentucky

Kentucky's new COVID cases have surged 82% in the last 14 days, the Times data indicates. Only 58% of the state's residents are fully vaccinated. Eleven of the state's counties are now n the "red zone," indicating high community transmission. ""We're seeing that the current variant of the virus is very easily transmissible," said Scott Lockard, the state's public health director. "One of the good things about it is it does not seem to be causing as severe an illness." He said the best way to stay safe is to get vaccinated and boosted.

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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Follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been published on Beachbody and Openfit. A contributing writer for Eat This, Not That!, he has also been published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview, and many others. Read more about Michael
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