These Are the States That the CDC Is Most Worried About

As many states have started to reopen, some new hotspots have public health experts concerned.

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A number of states across the country are seeing sharp spikes in coronavirus cases—some so bad, in fact, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seriously concerned. As first reported by Yahoo! Finance, in a leaked document, the CDC named the places across the U.S. that are seeing the most startling rises in infections. According to Yahoo! Finance, the 18-page document is titled "CDC COVID-19 Response Update May 27, 2020," and it "contains state-by-state analysis, as well as more detailed county breakdowns."

The CDC has provided extensive guidelines for how states and municipalities should reopen in phases. But as a political debate has emerged between public health and the cratering U.S. economy, many states have ignored the guidelines to reopen places of business slowly, which, in part, could be the cause of the recent spikes of COVID-19. Some also note that an increase in testing leads to an increase in positive cases. But that aside, here are the states that are reportedly giving the CDC the most concern. And if you're worried about reopening, check out 9 Mistakes You Shouldn't Make During Reopening.

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Alabama

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The state of Alabama had two counties on the CDC's leaked list. Bullock County saw 115 new cases in the past two weeks, which represents a significant 17 percent increase in daily incidences per 100,000 residents. Additionally, Lowndes County saw 100 new cases, a nearly 5 percent rise in daily incidences per 100,000 residents.

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Iowa

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Even worse than the state of Alabama, Iowa has three counties on the CDC's leaked list. Buena Vista County saw 204 new cases in the past two weeks, which represents a huge 25 percent increases in daily incidences per 100,000 residents. Wright County saw 116 new cases in the past two weeks, marking a 12 percent rise in daily incidences per 100,000 residents. And Woodbury County saw 925 new cases in the last two weeks, about a 1 percent rise in daily incidences per 100,000 residents. And for more on what not to believe, check out 7 Myths About Reopening You Need to Stop Believing.

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Florida

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Hamilton County, Florida, saw 187 new cases in the past two weeks, which results in a 13 percent increase in daily incidences per 100,000 residents. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, there are still 201 cases among the inmates and six among staff members at the Florida Correctional Institution in Hamilton County.

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Nebraska

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Dakota County, Nebraska, had 250 new coronavirus cases in the past two weeks, which represents about a 9 percent increase in daily incidences per 100,000 residents. The northeastern county abuts Sioux City, South Dakota, home of the Southfield Meatpacking Foods plant that shut down roughly two months ago due to a coronavirus outbreak.

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Louisiana

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East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, saw 80 new cases in the past two weeks, marking a significant 20 percent rise in daily incidences per 100,000 residents.

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South Dakota

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In Jerauld County, South Dakota, there were 22 new cases in the past two weeks. That may not seem major, but the number represents a whopping 32 percent increase in daily incidences per 100,000 residents. And for more helpful information about where you should and shouldn't go these days, check out The Riskiest Places You're Going Right Now—Ranked by Doctors/

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Virginia

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Manassas, Virginia, is the one city included on the CDC's list. It saw a stunning 538 new coronavirus cases in the past two weeks, leading to a nearly 10 percent rise in daily incidences per 100,000 residents.

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