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70 percent of new coronavirus cases are coming from red states

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Red states in the U.S. are officially at the forefront of COVID-19 outbreaks, with 70 percent of new cases stemming from the nation’s Republican-led areas.

Still, many new COVID-19 cases are emerging in blue counties, while the majority of cases are concentrated in states that voted for President Trump in the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported.

In recent weeks there’s been a rise in coronavirus cases in red states and counties, places that did not see high case numbers until the summer as blue states such as New York and California were hit hardest at the start of the pandemic in March.

Iowa, a state that voted red in 2016, now ranks fourth per capita for metropolitan areas where new case numbers are growing rapidly.

Case data from Aug. 28 showed more than 900 students from the University of Iowa had contracted COVID-19, leading university officials to announce it would consider “additional actions” if cases did not flatten within a week.

Utilizing a seven-day rolling average of new cases found between blue and red states in the nation, the Post found an average of 20,345 new cases in counties Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won and 20,117 in counties Trump won back in 2016.

According to newly reported daily case data from Wednesday, there were around 1,600 more new coronavirus cases in red counties than blue counties.

Fourteen states have been listed as “red zones” since June 23 as the governments of places such as Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee refuse to impose mandatory mask mandates to curb the virus’s spread.

Tags Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Infectious diseases Iowa Pandemics United States

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