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These Swing States are Overrun by COVID

In each battleground state for the election, COVID cases are rising.
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Election Day is a day away, and cases across the nation are rising, averaging 81,336 per day, according to Johns Hopkins University. In every single swing state—the states that can determine the election—cases are rising, in some worse than others. Read on to see which states are breaking records (the wrong kind), 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 Arizona, COVID Cases are Creeping Up to Old Levels

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Once a hotspot, "by mid-August, the southwest hot spot made a remarkable reversal. Cases plummeted 75 percent, reports the Washington Post. "Arizona has maintained relatively low case numbers since, but they are now creeping to levels seen just a few weeks before its summer surge. And as a conflagration engulfs the Midwest and Mountain West, public health experts and elected officials in Arizona are pleading with residents to maintain mitigation measures they say played a critical role in beating back the virus and hold lessons for other states — including mask mandates that covered 85 percent of the population." Arizona currently averages 1,330 new Covid-19 cases per day, up 33%.

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About 1 in 26 People Have Had COVID in Florida, and That Number is Increasing

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After a respite, cases are driving back up in the Sunshine State. "Florida's resident death toll from coronavirus rose to 16,834 with the addition of 45 more reported fatalities while the state added 4,651 more positive cases of COVID-19 for a total to date of 812,063," reports the Orlando Sentinel. "The Monday report from the Florida Department of Health marked the second day with more than 4,000 new reported infections. Friday's reported 5,592 infections was the highest since Sept. 1." About 1 in 26 people in the state have been infected.

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Restrictions Tighten in Michigan

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"Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently updated the state's coronavirus policies, tightening the grip on her increasingly strict lockdown," reports Fox News. "According to the Democratic governor's new requirements, all dine-in establishments must take down customers' names and phone numbers for contact tracing beginning Monday, Nov. 3. This updated policy, as well as others, threaten a civil fine of $1,000 and interference of law enforcement upon disobedience. The issuance of tightened restrictions comes from a recent spike in Michigan coronavirus cases. According to the state, there's been a 3.5% increase in positive tests with about 3,000 cases being reported each day."

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North Carolina Has Had 4,400 COVID-Related Deaths

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"The latest COVID-19 surge in North Carolina has the state approaching 275,000 cases and 4,400 coronavirus-related deaths," reports the Winston-Salem Journal. "The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,805 new cases and 46 additional deaths Saturday. Saturday's statewide case total is the third highest for the pandemic, trailing just 2,809 reported on Friday and the record high of 2,885 reported on Thursday."

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In Pennsylvania, "It's Everywhere," Warns the Secretary of Health

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"The coronavirus first entered Pennsylvania with a vengeance in the Philadelphia region. Much of the rest of the state was spared as hospitalizations and deaths mounted here and farther north," reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. "During the summer, the virus concentrated on Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania, said Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's secretary of health. Now, maps of infections show a new pattern. 'It's everywhere,' Levine said. Just as the virus has taken off in Midwestern and Western states that had previously seen little infection, it is spreading in Pennsylvania's rural counties, along with smaller cities and the big metropolitan areas. Only a few sparsely populated counties have still seen little of the virus, she said."

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Wisconsin is a New Epicenter

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"Wisconsin health officials are reporting nearly 3,500 new cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional deaths in the last day," reports WAOW. "Nearly 18,000 tests were processed since Saturday, for a positivity rate of more than 19%. The state has recorded nearly 229,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. The COVID Tracking Project reports there were 1,018 new cases per 100,000 people in Wisconsin over the past two weeks, which ranks third in the country behind North Dakota and South Dakota for new cases per capita." As for yourself, no matter where you live, wear a face mask, practice social distancing when voting, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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