Coronavirus soars in Republican states

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Coronavirus soars in Republican states







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Three weeks from Election Day, the advance of covid-19 through the Midwest and West is hitting several Republican strongholds and the key state of Wisconsin.

The most affected states, based on new cases per capita from a week ago, are now North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin and Utah, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University. Hospitalizations are also on the rise in all five, data from Covid Tracking Project.

President Donald Trump was scheduled to return to the election campaign this week after his own hospitalization for covid-19, resuming rallies in places where masking and social distancing guidelines have been frequently ignored.

Nationally, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases was 48,793, the highest since mid-August. Rural areas continue to be hit the hardest based on per capita cases, but towns and small towns closely follow. Metropolises look comparatively better, although cases have also started to rise from a low base in some major cities.

Texas sent 75 nurses, respiratory specialists and other medical personnel to El Paso in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Greg Abbott reported Monday. New Jersey reported 662 hospitalizations, the highest total in the state since May 8. The 163 patients in intensive care units were the most since July 12.

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