Outbreaks in the Midwest driving surge in COVID-19 cases

Record high infection rates in the Midwest are driving the latest surge in coronavirus cases that have exceeded some daily totals reported over the summer.

Midwestern states have recently recorded their highest case increases and test positivity rates since the pandemic began. Many of the states fueling the latest surge had not experienced an outbreak so severe until October. South Dakota, for example, has an average test positive rate of 35.5%, Wisconsin’s is 22.87%, and Idaho’s is 22.32%, according to COVID Tracking Project data.

The most populous Midwestern states — Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois — are also struggling to fend off a renewed surge
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