These 27 States Are Starting to See COVID Deaths Surge

"The next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic," one expert warned.

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The month of October has brought about a drastic shift in the status of the coronavirus pandemic across the U.S. The past four weeks have seen more than half of the states in the union surpass their previously set records for most new cases in a single day, CNN repots. Now, the spike in new patients is also leading to an increase in an even more tragic national statistic: More than half of U.S. states—27, to be exact—are seeing COVID deaths surge.

Sadly, medical experts are witnessing their warnings of a fall and winter surge bringing the deadliest days of the pandemic become a reality. "The next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic," Michael Osterholm, MD, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said on Meet the Press on Oct. 18.

Read on to find out which states are currently seeing COVID deaths surge the most, according to data from The New York Times as of Oct. 26, and for more on places that are trying to get COVID under control, check out These States Are Showing Serious Signs of Another Lockdown.

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Tennessee

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 18 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 269 per 100,000 residents

And for more on signs that you might be in for a tough time with coronavirus, check out If You Have These 2 COVID Symptoms, You Could End Up in the Hospital.

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Oregon

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 19 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 61 per 100,000 residents

25
Pennsylvania

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 26 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 94 per 100,000 residents

And for more places that are likely going to be rolling back their reopenings, check out These 4 Major Cities Are Inching Toward Another Lockdown.

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Massachusetts

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 35 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 100 per 100,000 residents

23
Iowa

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 37 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 282 per 100,000 residents

And for more on what your symptoms could be telling you, This Is How to Know If Your Stuffy Nose Could Be COVID.

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South Dakota

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 37 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 671 per 100,000 residents

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Maryland

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 44 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 76 per 100,000 residents

20
Illinois

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 52 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 246 per 100,000 residents

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South Carolina

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 54 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 130 per 100,000 residents

And for more on how you can accidentally end up infected with coronavirus, check out Dr. Fauci Says This Is One Way You Don't Realize You Can Get COVID.

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North Carolina

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 61 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 134 per 100,000 residents

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Idaho

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 62 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 350 per 100,000 residents

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Kansas

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 63 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 189 per 100,000 residents

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Indiana

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 68 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 223 per 100,000 residents

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Oklahoma

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 70 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 238 per 100,000 residents

13
Virginia

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 72 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 85 per 100,000 residents

12
New Mexico

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 74 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 242 per 100,000 residents

11
Delaware

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 78 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 89 per 100,000 residents

10
Ohio

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 88 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 140 per 100,000 residents

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Minnesota

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 89 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 195 per 100,000 residents

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Kentucky

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 89 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 206 per 100,000 residents

7
Hawaii

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 92 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 45 per 100,000 residents

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Michigan

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 107 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 162 per 100,000 residents

5
Rhode Island

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 108 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 229 per 100,000 residents

4
Nebraska

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 124 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 296 per 100,000 residents

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Montana

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 148 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 473 per 100,000 residents

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Wisconsin

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 154 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 442 per 100,000 residents

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Wyoming

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14-day increase in reported COVID deaths: 1,000 percent

New daily COVID case average in the last 7 days: 348 per 100,000 residents

And for more on staying safe amid the pandemic, a new study found that This Common Medication Could Save You From Deadly COVID Complications.

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