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5 States Getting Crushed by COVID

Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Carolina average the most daily new cases per person.
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The coronavirus is invisible, so it can be hard to fathom. But the deaths are real. And they are coming to your state, no matter where you live. "It's a very, very difficult situation," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told WGN Radio yesterday. "Take a look at what's going on in the hospitals throughout the country." Many "are overwhelmed with critically ill individuals, the hospitals that have 20 intensive care unit beds and have 50 intensive care unit patients waiting to be taken care of—they're being stretched to the limit." The following states average the most daily new cases per person. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Arizona is the Nation's New Hot Spot

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"As Arizona experienced periodic spikes in COVID-19 cases since last spring, Gov. Doug Ducey frequently resisted calls to take strong measures. He has declined to institute a statewide mask mandate, allowed school districts to mostly make their own choices and allowed businesses to stay open," reports the AP. "All of those choices by the Republican governor are now getting renewed scrutiny as the Grand Canyon state becomes what health officials call the latest 'hot spot of the world' because of soaring case loads." "We have a governor and health director who don't care. Their goal in my opinion is to vaccinate their way out of this," Will Humble, head of the Arizona Public Health Association, told the newswire. "Eventually it will work. There's just going to be a lot of dead people in the meantime."

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California Has ICUs Overflowing

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The whole state is on fire. To wit: "A sustained surge of coronavirus infections has locked Southern California in crisis, overwhelming intensive care wards, ambulance services, funeral homes and local officials," reports the New York Times. "Dozens of overcrowded hospitals have had to shut their emergency-room doors to ambulances for hours at a time. Medical wards are running dangerously low on a vital necessity: oxygen, and the portable canisters to supply it to patients. Los Angeles County has a coronavirus-related death every eight minutes, a grim toll accompanied in many neighborhoods by the soundtrack of shrieking sirens."

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Oklahoma Just Set a Terrible New Record

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"Oklahoma set another record in COVID-19 cases on Sunday after health leaders reported 6,487 new cases, marking the most reported in a single day," reports KOCO. "The latest report brings Oklahoma's seven-day average to 3,899, which also is the highest the state has ever seen. Along with reporting the latest numbers, Health Commissioner Lance Frye and the health department issued a statement saying that the spike in cases is due to the holidays." "This rise in reported COVID-19 cases is due in part to a decrease in testing and a less consistent reporting schedule over the holidays," Frye said in a news release. "While holiday testing and reporting plays a part in these increased numbers, we must also factor in that gatherings during the holidays have likely affected case numbers as well."

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Rhode Island Has Cases Rising Dangerously

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As cases rise, "Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee is starting his transition to the state's top job in coronavirus quarantine, according to reports," says Patch. "McKee announced Saturday that he would be self-quarantining until Tuesday following a potential exposure to COVID-19, WPRI reported. The announcement comes just one day after Gov. Gina Raimondo was announced as President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Commerce Secretary, starting his transition to assume her role."

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South Carolina Communities are the Hardest Hit, Says Task Force

"Three South Carolina communities are among the hardest-hit by coronavirus in the nation, a White House COVID-19 Task Force report shows," reports the State. "With case counts and hospitalizations repeatedly shattering record highs in recent weeks, there's little question COVID-19 is surging in the Palmetto State — but two Upstate cities and one in the Midlands were identified in the report as especially concerning. Greenville had the highest number of coronavirus cases per capita of all mid-sized cities in the U.S., according to the report. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 6, the city had 7,242 infections, or 787 per 100,000."

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How to Survive This Pandemic No Matter Where You Live

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As for yourself, follow public health fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, 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.