21 states now in federal ‘red zone’ for serious coronavirus outbreaks: study

Twenty-one U.S. states are currently in the “red zone” for coronavirus outbreaks under federal criteria, reporting more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week, according to a new federal report.

Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin, according to The New York Times.

Three of the states — Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin — had not been on the list when the last edition of the federal report was published in mid-July.

Although the newer report, dated July 26, called for further restrictions in the states listed, President Trump called for more states to continue reopening the day after its release, saying during a Monday visit to North Carolina that “a lot of the governors should be opening up states that they’re not opening, and we’ll see what happens with them.”

The report says North Carolina should shut down spaces where social distancing cannot be effectively practiced, such as bars, while restricting any indoor dining to 25 percent capacity, according to the Times. It also recommends mask mandates wherever possible, noting that Arizona cases have plateaued in recent days, attributing the leveling off to “aggressive mitigation efforts of mask wearing, social distancing and closing bars.”

“Statewide mask mandate is critical to stop the spread,” the report states.

Only one state, Vermont, is in the so-called green zone, which indicates fewer than 10 cases per 100,000 people per week. All other states, as well as the District of Columbia, are considered to be in the “yellow zone,” or between 10 and 100 cases a week per 100,000 people. Several states in the yellow zone also have individual areas that meet the criteria for the red zone, according to the Times.

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