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The CDC issued a stern warning before the weekend: "Although COVID-19 cases in many states declined over the last 7 days, daily cases are now increasing in some states, particularly in the upper Great Plains, Midwest, and South." Read on to see which states had the most cases over that seven day period—dark red being the worst, dark orange being second worst—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.1 IllinoisStatus: Dark Red"Illinois public health officials announced 1,403 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday along with 5 additional deaths," reports ABC 7. "The 5,368 new coronavirus cases announced Friday was the largest in Illinois since the pandemic began. The previous record was 4,014 on May 12. Recent numbers have shown home gatherings including backyard cookouts with family and friends are now a main driver of an increase in COVID 19 numbers."2 CaliforniaStatus: Dark Red"Experts said the challenge facing society is to get beyond the lockdown conditions of spring while still avoiding gatherings that can spread the virus," reports the Los Angeles Times. "Many agencies are urging people to stay home through the weekend, but that might be hard for some to do in the waning days of summer—especially with a heat wave bearing down." "People should not just hunker down and stay home. We're normal social creatures, and we have to find ways of socializing in a safe way," Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of UC San Francisco's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, told the paper.3 TexasStatus: Dark Red"The Rev. Tom Wood, 83, who ministered at First United Methodist Church in the tiny town of Itasca (population 1,726) for 17 years…died July 29 of complications related to COVID-19." "He would say — and it came from such an authentic place — that his hope was in Christ and resurrection," the Rev. Jaime McGlothlin of Valley Mills First United Methodist Church in Texas told NBC News. "He said, 'I know, at my age, this virus will probably take my life if I get it.' He was sober about that early on. He was not anxious. He was grounded."4 FloridaStatus: Dark Red"More than 12,000 people have died in the state of Florida due to coronavirus-related causes, according to the latest figures released by the state's Department of Health," reports NBC 6. "Florida added 2,564 new coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing its total to 646,431."RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make5 GeorgiaStatus: Dark Orange"Labor Day weekend saw Georgia pass yet another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, when the state passed 6,000 COVID-related deaths," reports AJC. "According to figures released Sunday afternoon by the state Department of Public Health, 6,037 coronavirus-related deaths have now occurred in Georgia. A total of 283,199 cases have been reported."6 South CarolinaStatus: Dark Orange"It has now been six months since those first cases were announced. In that time, South Carolina has seen its case count rise to more than 120,000, with more than 2,700 deaths related to the novel coronavirus," reports the State. "The global pandemic has hit the Palmetto State hard, closing schools and businesses and putting many out of work."7 North CarolinaStatus: Dark Orange"North Carolina's reported coronavirus total rose by more than 1,000 cases Sunday, bringing the number of cases statewide to 176,901," reports the News Observer. "North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,890 deaths from COVID-19 in North Carolina Sunday, just one more than on Saturday. The state's positive COVID-19 testing rate, last updated Friday, was 6.1%."8 VirginiaStatus: Dark Orange"The Labor Day holiday weekend is underway, but with that comes a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases at Virginia Tech," reports WDBJ. "Campus cases have more than doubled since Sunday. According to Friday's update on the COVID-19 Dashboard, the school is reporting 238 new cases with 416 positive tests since Aug. 16."RELATED: I'm a Doctor and Here's When You Can Safely Keep Your Mask Off9 TennesseeStatus: Dark Orange"The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,764 additional COVID-19 cases Sunday, along with 3 new deaths," reports News Channel 5. "This brings the state's total count to 164,126 cases so far and 1,865 deaths. The state reported 976 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, for a total of 145,359 since the pandemic began. There are 819 current hospitalizations."10 AlabamaStatus: Dark Orange"It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city"—of Clanton— "after 36 years as mayor," reports the AP. "All that visibility meant people noticed when Driver disappeared from public in June, and friends bowed in prayer when word got out he was sick with what many had assumed was a big-city disease, COVID-19. Driver died of the illness in July, forcing a reckoning that's still rippling through the community."11 OhioStatus: Dark Orange"The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,341 more coronavirus infections on Saturday, pushing the statewide tally to 129,785," reports Lima Ohio. "Saturday's numbers topped the three-week average of 1,053 COVID-19 cases per day. Officials have been urging Ohioans to take care and to practice safety precautions during the Labor Day weekend in hopes the state can avoid a post-holiday surge, as occurred during July."12 North DakotaStatus: Yellow"A Sioux County man with COVID-19 has died, and the state has set an active case record three days in a row, according to data the North Dakota Department of Health reported Sunday," according to the Bismarck Tribune.13 South DakotaStatus: YellowSays Deseret News: "South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has discouraged schools from requiring masks and promoted hand-washing instead. She also has campaigned against 'elite class of so-called experts,' who, she said, impact liberty."14 MissouriStatus: Dark Orange"Monday, September 7, marks six months since the first COVID-19 case was announced in St. Louis County. Since then, Missouri has reported more than 94,000 coronavirus cases," reports KMOV. "Life has undoubtedly changed for everybody in the past six months. Thousands of people ended up in hospitals and over 1,600 people lost their lives due to complications caused by the virus. Hospitals neared capacity and the entire health care system had to adapt to perhaps an inevitable outbreak. Half a million Missourians lost their jobs and thousands of people had less food on the table."15 OklahomaStatus: Dark Orange"The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Sunday reported 420 new coronavirus cases across the state, bringing the total cumulative number of the state's positive cases to 63,607."16 How to Avoid COVID-19 Where You AreSays the CDC in their warning: "Wear a mask. Stay 6 ft from others. Wash your hands." As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.