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Midwestern States Surge Toward Top of All-Time U.S. Covid Cases

Oct. 13, 2020, 6:14 PM

North Dakota looks poised to become the No. 1 state in the nation by cumulative Covid-19 cases per capita, having surged past Florida and Mississippi with Louisiana just ahead. South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Montana are also quickly adding cases.

The potential for grim new milestones shows the scope of the viral wave sweeping the Midwest and West -- and rural America more generally -- over the past month, and the brutal toll it may exact when the often lagging death reports arrive.

The ranking isn’t perfect: It skews toward states with outbreaks later in the pandemic, when testing ...

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