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Task Force Warns of Record COVID "Spread" in These States

The White House coronavirus task force is alarmed over “significant deterioration.”
Doctors and infected patient in quarantine in hospita.

As health experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci warned, COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the country this fall, with the number of infections, hospitalizations, and even deaths continuing to rise and shattering records. This week, the White House Coronavirus Task Force released a startling report warning that community spread is responsible for the surge of cases, and if we don't act fast, things will go from bad to worse.

"There is continued, accelerating community spread across the top half of the country, where temperatures have cooled and Americans have moved indoors," the November 8 report, distributed to states on Tuesday, reads. Read on to see which states are in the "red zone," and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

The Task Force Warns the "Diffuse Spread" is Setting Records

In the Sunbelt they warn of "significant deterioration" which has continued to worsen in the past week, "leading to the most diffuse spread experienced to date."

The report, which identifies problem states ranking them by their infection rates—number of cases per 100,000 people—encourages amping up testing. "The silent community spread that precedes and continues throughout surges can only be identified and interrupted through proactive and increased testing and surveillance," the Task Force writes.

"Proactive testing must be part of the mitigation efforts, inclusive of mask wearing, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and immediate isolation, contact tracing, and quarantine."

In total, a whopping 42 states are in the red zone, with more than 10 percent of tests coming back positive. Only two—Vermont and Hawaii—are in the yellow zone, signifying between 10 and 50 new cases per 100,000 population.

Here is the list of the top 10 states with the highest infection rates:

10. Minnesota 

9. Utah

8. Illinois

7. Montana

6. Nebraska

5. Wyoming

4. Iowa

3. Wisconsin

2. South Dakota

1. North Dakota

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"What I would hope is that the projection of the models, as scary as they seem, might be an incentive for all of us globally to realize that we have to double down and uniformly do the fundamental things that are not that difficult to do, but we are not necessarily doing them uniformly, certainly not in the United States," Fauci said during the Financial Times' Global Boardroom Conference. "And I hope that what we're seeing now triggers that it's the uniform and universal wearing of mass keeping distance, avoiding crowds, doing things outdoors, much more than indoors, avoid congregate settings, especially indoors." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.