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COVID Surging in These Hotspots, Experts Warn

More deaths to come, especially in areas of unvaccination.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

COVID-19 cases are going in the wrong direction—back up—with the new Delta variant proving more transmissible, preying mostly on the unvaccinated people in this country. With a 47% increase in new cases, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner crunched the numbers and found that a third of new cases are coming from five hot spots. "We will start to see an increase in mortality in this country," Reiner said. Read on to see which states are on the list—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

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Florida

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"Florida's COVID-19 weekly situation report out on Friday shows all the indicators of the virus are going in the wrong direction," reports News4Jax. "The number of new cases statewide — 23,697 — was nearly double that of the previous week. That's the highest number of cases in one week since mid-May when the rate was dropping off the astronomical peaks hit in January. The 7.8% positivity rate of coronavirus tests in the week ending July 8 was also up significantly."

2

Louisiana

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"The northern half of Louisiana has been identified as one of the most vulnerable areas in the U.S. to a coronavirus outbreak and an area that is highly susceptible to producing variants, according to a new study by researchers at Georgetown University," reports NOLA.com. "The analysis identified 30 total hotspots around the U.S. where vaccination is low and the population is high enough that there is a good chance for interaction."

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Arkansas

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"Officials in the state are pulling out the stops to get people vaccinated. Arkansas not only has one of the lowest vaccine rates in the country — only about a third of eligible people are fully vaccinated — but is facing a troubling uptick in Covid-19 cases – fueled mostly by the emerging Delta variant of the virus," reports CNN. "There's no question about it, our level of vaccination is not where we want it to be," Dr. Jose Romero, the Arkansas Secretary of Health, told CNN. "We have one third of our population fully immunized. But we need to get much higher levels in order to bring this under control."

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Missouri

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"Delta is rampaging through the unvaccinated, spurring rising cases and threatening to overwhelm Springfield hospitals. Missouri now has the second-highest rate of new cases per capita, according to data compiled by The New York Times, and among the lowest adult vaccination rates among all states," reports the Kansas City Star. "A joint investigation by The Kansas City Star and Columbia University's Brown Institute for Media Innovation reveals how June became a lost month in the fight to slow the spread of delta across Missouri. Thousands of pages of internal emails and other documents from 19 local health departments trace the growing alarm and a sense of near-resignation among officials about their chances of halting the advance of the variant."

"In places like Missouri where ICUs are packed, you're going to see a surprising amount of death," Reiner told CNN.

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Nevada

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"Nevada on Friday reported 813 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths over the preceding day, capping a week in which major disease metrics in the state continued to rise and reached levels not seen since February," according to the Review Journal. "Updated figures posted by the Department of Health and Human Services on the state's coronavirus website pushed totals in the state to 338,072 cases and 5,720 deaths." No matter where you live, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, 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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more