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These 7 States Have the Highest COVID Risk

During a week that saw 200,000 coronavirus-related deaths, cases still surge: “The U.S. is now averaging roughly 43,000 new cases per day, a 16% increase from a week ago,” reports Axios. “The biggest increases are largely concentrated in the West and Midwest, though Maine and New Jersey also saw their new infections tick up over the past week. Seven states saw their daily infections rise by at least 60% over the past week.” Here’s which ones, 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

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“Universities across the country are popping up as hot spots for COVID-19, and the University of Arizona is no exception as cases rise on and around campus,” reports KOLD. “Student housing on-and-off campus is becoming a breeding ground for the virus. Tests this past weekend showed the positivity rate at 16 percent among students, and there is concern that the virus could span further than the university area.” “We’re able to say not only are we concerned about what’s on campus, but we’re concerned about what’s off campus,” said Pima County Medical Director Theresa Cullen.

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Colorado

Colorado State Flag with Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods in the background on a spring day

“The COVID-19 outbreak at the University of Colorado Boulder is now the largest in the state, with 1,198 positive cases among students and 104 with probable cases of the virus, according to the latest outbreak data released by state officials Wednesday,” reports the Denver Channel.

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3

Minnesota

Downtown of Minneapolis.Minnesota

“A COVID-19 outbreak at a Martin County funeral offered new evidence of infection risks at large gatherings, particularly indoors, and a warning before the granddaddy of American group events — Halloween,” reports the Star Tribune. “State health officials on Wednesday encouraged Minnesotans to follow new CDC guidance for Halloween next month that discourages parties and candy handouts, permits no-contact goody bag giveaways and encourages alternatives such as virtual costume parties.” “I feel like the public health buzzkill, but really public health recommendations are not intended to ruin your fun, but rather to keep you safe,” said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director. “It’s actually the virus that’s the buzzkill here.”

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Montana

Sunset in Montana

“Montana has seen a sizable increase in average daily COVID-19 cases since July, with more than 270 new cases reported on two of the last four days,” reports KRTV. “From mid-July to early September, our weekly number of cases stabilized. Unfortunately that stability was at about 800 per week,” said Jim Murphy, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention bureau chief of the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.

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5

Texas

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“In Texas — as around the country — college towns are emerging as new hot spots for the coronavirus, with cases surging among student populations and administrators scrambling to keep infections from reaching the broader population,” reports the Texas Tribune. “In the counties where four-year college students make up at least 10% of the population, including Lubbock, Hays and Brazos, cases have grown 34% since Aug. 19, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. That’s compared to 23% in counties with a smaller proportion of students, including larger metropolitan areas like Houston and Dallas that also house universities.”

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Utah

Welcome to Utah road sign

“On top of a mask mandate just issued for Utah County, areas of the county have also been asked to limit gathering sizes and keep children from congregating in groups,” reports Deseret News. “The Utah Department of Health reported 877 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 65,921 infections since mid-March. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 876 per day, with a rolling seven-day average percent positivity of 14.2%.”

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Wyoming

Sunrise at Devils Tower, Wyoming

“The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased for a third consecutive day Tuesday, growing by 14 as the state reported 72 new laboratory-confirmed and probable cases,” reports Wyoming News. “The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 42 new laboratory-confirmed and 30 new probable cases of coronavirus were reported Tuesday. At the same time, the number of people to recover from the disease grew by 58. The numbers left the state with 737 active cases, the highest number seen since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March.”

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How to Avoid COVID-19

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If you experience any heart issues, contact your medical professional immediately. And to keep yourself free from COVID-19, do as Dr. Fauci advises: wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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