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COVID Increasing In The Rural Midwest

Alabama.     Why was the state listed as the worst place to work during the pandemic?

Alaska     The state has a higher percentage of children with confirmed cases.

Arizona      The FDA approves a University of Arizona antibody test, which is one of the most accurate in the country.

Arkansas, The University of Arkansas, set aside dorm rooms to isolate and quarantine COVID students.  The campus confirmed six cases on Aug 31.

California     As the number of new infections falls to levels not seen since June, the state announces a new tracking system set to begin in October.

Colorado     Local outbreaks noted among a fire station, restaurants, a bank, and schools.

Connecticut       The Governor extends emergency orders through February 2021 as the number of new infections and hospitalizations increase.

Delaware     The state’s positive rate and hospitalizations are the highest since July.

Florida    The governor promotes less testing.

Georgia     Epidemiologist calls for an end to in-class instruction at the University of Georgia as the campus logs 821 new cases in the second week, up from 189 the week prior.

Hawaii      A human relations firm offers tips to businesses on how to handle COVID-19 as the state sees community spread.

Idaho      August was the deadliest month, nearly doubling from the month prior.

Illinois       The state reports most new COVID related deaths since June.

Indiana     Notre Dame University is increasing testing after suspending in-person classes.

Iowa.      Ames, Iowa, was labeled the worst hot spot in the country and is planning to host a football game on September 12 with 25,000 fans.

Kansas.     COVID-19 spreading among fraternities, sororities in the state.

Kentucky.     Hundreds of new cases at the University of Kentucky has school officials debating about what to do.

Louisiana.     The governor is concerned about rising cases related to hurricane Laura.

Maine.      A local pastor held a wedding on Aug 7, and over 100 infections and one death are related.

Maryland.      The governor announced the state would advance to stage 3 reopening on Friday.

Massachusetts      A Boston University nationwide study shows depression is three times higher than it was one year ago.

Michigan.     Colleges see increasing the spread of the COVID virus.

Minnesota     The State Health Commissioner said Minnesota overlooked the risk of viral transmission in family and friend gatherings compared with supermarkets and stores where mask-wearing and social distancing have become the norm.

Mississippi       Health officials confirm the state’s youngest death from COVID after battling it for several months.

Missouri     A high number of transmissions in the state is the reason the White House Task Force recommended a mask mandate two weeks ago.

Montana      Two college campuses are only testing symptomatic students, and some experts fear it will allow for greater spread among students.

Nebraska     If a child gets COVID at school and dies – is the school liable?

Nevada     New hospitalizations due to COVID are declining in the state.

New Hampshire     A new dashboard tracks cases in schools.

New Jersey     Neighbors who dined together in a private home allegedly caused a local community outbreak.

New Mexico     New cases reported among staff at various schools in the state despite students not yet returning to classes.

New York     Nurses are calling on the state to pass minimum staff requirements anticipating a second surge of cases.

North Carolina     The State Senate passes a 1.1 Billion relief bill, which includes money for families with children.

North Dakota     Leaders in the state do not agree with the CDC’s recent guidelines to decrease testing among the asymptomatic.

Ohio      The governor said a surge in cases is related to students returning to schools and colleges.

Oklahoma     Over 150 school districts are reporting COVID cases.

Oregon     The governor extends the state emergency through November 1st.

Pennsylvania     The governor extends emergency for an additional 90 days.

Puerto Rico     Tourists, needed to boost the economy, are cited for not following masking guidelines.

Rhode Island     The number of new cases continues to decline.

Samoa     The island looks to change the 14-day quarantine to 21 days.

South Carolina     The University of South Carolina reports over 1,000 active COVID infections.

South Dakota     So far, twelve states have reported over 260 cases, and one death traced back to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Tennessee      School-age children testing positive for COVID is increasing over the last two weeks.

Texas     Texas State reports students who live in the residence halls immediately asked to move out or go home when they test positive.

US Virgin Islands     The territory struggles to reopen and consistently enforce protocols as travelers come to the island.

Utah     Parents want more education options amid the pandemic.

Vermont     A party at a ski lodge traced to an outbreak.

Virginia     Cases increase at state colleges and universities.

Washington     State health officials say the timeline for the COVID-19 vaccine can not be political.

West Virginia     Eight deaths reported on Tuesday as hospitalizations tick up.

Wisconsin     Two rural counties have become hot spots in the state over the past week.

Wyoming     Around 50 college students quarantined after an off-campus party.

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Updated 9/3/2020 at 8:30 am EST.

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