The 10 Newest Coronavirus Hotspots You Need to Know About

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<p>Overall coronavirus statistics suggest an encouraging downward trend that has much of the country eagerly looking forward to nonessential businesses reopening and a return to a “new normal.” The discouraging news, however, is that while <a href=”https://time.com/5832365/new-york-covid-cases-us/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>COVID-19 cases appear to be going down</a> in the epicenter of the U.S., New York City, <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/coronavirus-cases-going-up/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>small towns are starting to see numbers rise</a>. Unfortunately, new coronavirus hotspots are cropping up all over rural America.</p>
<p>Many rural counties that are seeing spikes are home to prisons and food processing and meatpacking plants, which are seeing a growing number of outbreaks. The following is a list of new coronavirus hotspots in the United States that you need to be aware of, according to <em>The New York Times</em> <a href=”https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html#hotspots” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>data on the number of COVID-19 cases</a> per 100,000 people. (Note: While there are counties adjacent to or nearby New York City that are still considered hotspots, we excluded them from this list since they’ve long been danger zones.) And for the states where COVID-19 is on the decline, check out <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/coronavirus-decreasing-by-state/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>13 States Where Coronavirus Cases Are Going Down</a>.</p>
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<div class=”title”>Trousdale County, Tennessee</div>
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<p>This rural Tennessee county has the most current cases per capita: over 14,100 per 100,000 residents. At issue is a massive spike in <a href=”https://communityimpact.com/nashville/southwest-nashville/coronavirus/2020/05/01/large-spike-in-coronavirus-cases-traced-to-prison-in-trousdale-county/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>COVID-19 cases at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center</a>—1,246, to be exact—which has sparked national interest in the health risks at prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic.</p>
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<div class=”title”>Lincoln County, Arkansas</div>
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<p>Cummins Unit, a maximum security prison in Lincoln County, recently <a href=”https://katv.com/news/coronavirus/nearly-1700-arkansas-prisoners-will-be-screened-for-compassionate-release-amid-outbreak” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>reported over 600 cases</a> of coronavirus. This has helped make the Arkansas county the second most viral hotspot, according to <i>The New York Times </i>data, with more than 6,200 cases per 100,000 residents.</p>
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<p>Dakota County, Nebraska, abuts Sioux City, South Dakota, which has received national attention for the closing of the <a href=”https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52311877″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant</a> due to the coronavirus. Dakota County only has <a href=”https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/dakotacountynebraska/HCN010212″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>over 20,000 citizens</a>, but a whopping 1,000 cases of COVID-19. And if your state is reopening, check out these <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/places-to-avoid-when-lockdown-ends/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>14 Places You Should Still Avoid When Lockdown Ends</a>.</p>
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<p>More than 1,000 residents of Nobles County, Minnesota, have, or have had the coronavirus, despite its <a href=”https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/noblescountyminnesota” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>population of less than 22,000 people</a>. That’s likely because of the JBS pork-processing plant in the county’s town of Worthington, which <a href=”https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/05/04/latest-on-covid19-in-mn” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>has had to close down</a> due to an outbreak of COVID-19.</p>
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<p><img class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-228272″ src=”https://i1.wp.com/bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/bledsoe_tenn.jpg?resize=500%2C333&ssl=1″ alt=”” width=”500″ height=”333″ data-recalc-dims=”1″ /></p>
<p>Nearly <a href=”https://www.wsmv.com/news/tennessee/576-state-prisoners-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-bledsoe-facility/article_1b3badf2-85a1-11ea-a3fe-2372d4a1bf7a.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>600 state prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19</a> in Tennessee’s Bledsoe County, making it a new top 10 hotspot for the coronavirus. It’s also the second county in Tennessee to make this list. And for more ways the world will change after COVID-19, here are <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/public-after-coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>9 Things You’ll Never See in Public After the Coronavirus</a>.</p>
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<div class=”title”>Cass County, Indiana</div>
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<p>Cass County accounts for nearly 1,500 coronavirus cases of Indiana’s total 20,500. At issue is a <a href=”https://www.indystar.com/story/news/environment/2020/04/27/cass-county-coronavirus-cases-spike-county-home-meat-plant/3033246001/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Tyson plant in the county’s town of Logansport</a> that had to shut down due to an outbreak of COVID-19.</p>
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<div class=”title”>Marion County, Ohio</div>
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<p>More than 80 percent of prisoners at Marion Correctional Institution have <a href=”https://www.marionstar.com/story/news/local/2020/04/25/marion-prison-ohio-coronavirus-outbreak-seeping-into-larger-community/3026133001/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>tested positive for the coronavirus</a>, which has seeped out to the larger community and made this Ohio county a new COVID-19 hotspot. And for more places to avoid amid the pandemic, check out <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/worst-places-coronavirus/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>The 7 Most Dangerous Spots You Can Catch Coronavirus</a>.</p>
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<div class=”title”>Pickaway County, Ohio</div>
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<p><img class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-228284″ src=”https://i2.wp.com/bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/pickaway-OHIO.jpg?resize=500%2C333&ssl=1″ alt=”” width=”500″ height=”333″ data-recalc-dims=”1″ /></p>
<p><a href=”https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200422/coronavirus-surges-at-pickaway-prison-now-no-2-hot-spot-in-nation—behind-marion-prison” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Pickaway Correctional Institution has suffered</a> the same malady as Marion Correctional Institution, making it the second-worst hotspot in Ohio and the second Ohio county to make this list.</p>
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<div class=”title”>Seward County, Kansas</div>
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<p>Seward County is the home of the National Beef packing plant in Liberal, Kansas, which has seen a <a href=”https://www.hppr.org/post/update-coronavirus-clusters-grow-rapidly-three-western-kansas-meatpacking-counties” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>surge of more than 250 cases</a> in just the past two weeks. That accounts for roughly a third of the county’s 626 COVID-19 cases. And for more COVID-19 info you need to know, here are <a href=”https://bestlifeonline.com/coronavirus-facts/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>25 Coronavirus Facts You Should Know by Now</a>.</p>
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<p>Dawson County in Nebraska is home to the Tyson meatpacking plant in Lexington, which has experienced a <a href=”https://journalstar.com/business/local/more-nebraska-meatpacking-plants-report-covid-19-cases/article_0c568fe3-4bc6-5a18-b1c1-d1e2aac3109a.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>growing number of COVID-19 cases</a>. They’re seeing 2,592 cases per 100,000 residents, rounding out the list of the top 10 new coronavirus hotspots (excluding those adjacent to the New York City metropolitan area).</p>

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