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These 26 States Are Seeing New Coronavirus Outbreaks

The curve isn't flattening in most of the U.S.

Despite reports that the pandemic has begun to flatten, cases of coronavirus are rising in more than half the country, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

New cases of COVID-19 are up by 5% in at least 26 states, based on a seven-day average as of Sunday, CNBC reported today based on CDC data compiled by Johns Hopkins. That's up from 12 states a week ago.

Cases are rising in many Midwestern states, including Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota and South Dakota. While cases in the South are off their peak, they're still rising in states like Alabama (which reported a 53% increase from a week ago) and South Carolina (up 15% week over week).

Other states where cases are up: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Read on, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Midwest a new coronavirus hotspot

Two weeks ago, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said the Midwest was "getting stuck" in its progress against the virus.

"We're starting to see some of the cases now in the red zone areas are falling, but if you look at those states that are in what we call the yellow zone, between 5% and 10%, they're not falling, so middle America right now is getting stuck," he told Dr. Howard Bauchner of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "We don't need to have a third wave in the heartland right now."

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Nationwide, the seven-day average of new cases is 42,100, CNBC says. That's down from the more than 70,000 daily cases the nation was reporting at the pandemic's peak in late July, but more than double the average number of daily cases in early June. And it's still higher than what health officials consider acceptable. Redfield said he would like to see the number of daily cases below 10,000.

Over the weekend, the U.S. hit 6 million reported coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 183,000 deaths.

Coronavirus rising on campus, worldwide

Health officials are looking warily toward this fall, as the weather cools and people head back indoors, where the virus spreads more easily. Many expected the number of cases to spike as students returned to school, and several universities have already canceled in-person classes after coronavirus broke out on campus only weeks into the semester.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that a second wave of coronavirus has hit Europe, where cases are surging in France, Germany and Spain. But the death rate so far is lower than it was in the spring, and newer victims of the virus have needed less medical treatment.

As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Mask up, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 21 Subtle Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been published on Beachbody and Openfit. A contributing writer for Eat This, Not That!, he has also been published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview, and many others. Read more about Michael
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