During a virtual health research forum on Sept. 8, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, gave a progress report on how states are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. "It's really a mixed bag," he said. "Some areas are doing really well, and some are still threatening to have surges." Fauci identified six states in particular that are beginning to see an upswing in cases. "You look at their numbers, they are very serious and very concerning," he said. These are the country's potential next problem areas. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Montana reported 68 new cases of coronavirus on Sept 7. According to the New York Times, the state's seven-day average of new cases is 129, a 29 percent increase from the average two weeks earlier. Last month, the Montana Free Press reported that 116 cases had been traced back to the construction of a luxury resort, one of the biggest outbreaks in the state.
North Dakota's coronavirus cases have been on a steady upward climb since mid-August. On Sept. 7, 170 new cases were reported and its seven-day average was 284—a 47 percent increase from two weeks previous. The greatest share of new cases are showing up in people in their 20s, NPR reported.
At least 191 new cases were reported in South Dakota on Sept. 7. The seven-day average is 256 cases per day, a 68 percent increase from two weeks earlier. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held in the state last month, has been linked to more than 250,000 coronavirus cases nationwide, the Associated Press reported.
On Sept. 7, 1,048 new coronavirus cases were reported in Michigan. Its seven-day average is 746 cases per day, a 6 percent increase from two weeks earlier. Michigan Live reported there are 22 coronavirus outbreaks in schools and colleges in the state; 124 Michigan State University students have tested positive since Aug. 30.
On Sept. 7, 638 new cases were reported in Minnesota. The seven-day average is 766; that's an increase of 17 percent from the average two weeks earlier. CBS Minnesota reported that a new model shows that 6,100 Minnesotans could die of COVID-19 over the fall and winter, triple the current number—but that toll could be lowered with universal mask wearing.
Iowa reported 327 new cases on Sept. 7. Its seven-day average is 755 cases, a 29 percent increase from two weeks earlier. On Sept. 8, the Iowa Gazette reported that coronavirus hospitalizations were at a three-month high in the state.
How to Stay Healthy
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 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.