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These States are in Danger of Next COVID Outbreak

Cases and hospitalizations are rising nationwide, in some places more than others.
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With cases nearing 100,000 a day, coronavirus numbers are rising across America—in some states more than others. Onetime hotspots are flaring up again and the Midwest sees cases (and hospitalizations) rising dramatically. "We're in for a whole lot of hurt. It's not a good situation," Anthony S. Fauci, the country's leading infectious-disease expert, told the Washington Post on Friday. Read on to find out where the next big COVID outbreaks may be, 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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In Texas, Some Hospitals are Struggling to Cope

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Once a hotspot for coronavirus, Texas is now back in the spotlight, as hospitals in El Paso are overrun and authorities there argue over locking down. "Total coronavirus hospitalizations in Texas reached 5,691 on Sunday, the highest level since late August when 5,639 COVID-19 hospitalizations were reported on August 20, according to the latest report from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)," reports Newsweek. "Hospitals in El Paso County are struggling to cope with the increasing number of fatalities which has been rising faster than the county can investigate those deaths, according to El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego."

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Vermont Now Has a 97% Increase in Cases

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Vermont, once hailed by Dr. Anthony Fauci as a model for how to control the virus, has seen  a 97% increase in cases, to 136 new cases. "I want to be clear: We have the tracing and testing capacity to manage our way through theses sorts of upticks," Gov. Phil Scott said during a press conference. "But we also need the help of all of you to mitigate this." "Small social gatherings without masks and failure to quarantine helped fuel a coronavirus outbreak that began at a hockey rink in central Vermont and has spread to at least 89 people across the state," according to NECN.

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In Michigan, More Restrictions are In Place

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With a 71% increase, Michigan had 16,493 new cases. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is increasing restrictions across the state. "The heart of our effort to beat COVID will be in the hearts and minds of individual Michiganders… choosing to protect human life and to act on the science," Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon said during a virtual news conference. 

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Alabama Just Had Cases Jump 61%

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"Intensive care beds are filling up once again as coronavirus cases surge statewide," reports WBMA in Alabama. "An internal HHS memo obtained by ABC News highlights the following:

  • Alabama: Daily test positivity rate reached 16.9% on Oct 22, the highest rate since mid-Sept.
  • Montgomery County reported more cases in the first 3 weeks of Oct than in the entire month of Sept.
  • 81.8% of ICU beds were occupied statewide as of Oct 25, with 20.1% of adult ICU beds treating COVID-19 patients."

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The Middle of the Country is Increasingly on Fire With Spread

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Among the states that have seen a 20 percent increase in cases: Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Other increases were seen in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana. "Boasting miles of open prairie and a fiercely independent populace, North Dakota contentedly refrained from statewide stay-at-home orders or mask mandates for months as COVID-19 spread across the country," reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But the fall season has "catapulted the state into the nation's top COVID-19 hot spot, with the most cases and deaths per capita. 'We've got to do something,' said Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, who used his emergency powers to order up a mask mandate two weeks ago in North Dakota's largest city."

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California Had a Nearly 50% Rise in Cases

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"Many Southern California communities are reporting increases in the number of cases recorded each day, a concerning trend that has some officials worried that transmission of the virus could be on the rise," reports the Los Angeles Times. "L.A., Riverside and San Bernardino counties all remain in the purple tier, the most restrictive, meaning risk of transmission remains widespread and most nonessential businesses are closed for indoor operations."

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Cases are Tipping Up in Florida

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All eyes are on this onetime epicenter, as cases rise a bit in Florida—up 15%. "After six weeks in which the daily rate of positive cases statewide has averaged 4.7%, slightly below the 5% threshold medical experts say is critical, it has shot up to 5.6% on average over the past seven days, including 6.3% on Saturday," reports the Palm Beach Post.

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How to Stay Safe From COVID-19—No Matter Where You Live

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No matter your situation at home, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID