The 10 Newest Coronavirus Hotspots You Need to Know About
It's not just New York and New Jersey. These are the places in the U.S. where COVID-19 cases are rising.
Overall coronavirus statistics suggest an encouraging downward trend that has much of the country eagerly looking forward to nonessential businesses reopening and a return to a "new normal." The discouraging news, however, is that while COVID-19 cases appear to be going down in the epicenter of the U.S., New York City, small towns are starting to see numbers rise. Unfortunately, new coronavirus hotspots are cropping up all over rural America.
Many rural counties that are seeing spikes are home to prisons and food processing and meatpacking plants, which are seeing a growing number of outbreaks. The following is a list of new coronavirus hotspots in the United States that you need to be aware of, according to The New York Times data on the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. (Note: While there are counties adjacent to or nearby New York City that are still considered hotspots, we excluded them from this list since they've long been danger zones.) And for the states where COVID-19 is on the decline, check out 13 States Where Coronavirus Cases Are Going Down.
Trousdale County, Tennessee
This rural Tennessee county has the most current cases per capita: over 14,100 per 100,000 residents. At issue is a massive spike in COVID-19 cases at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center—1,246, to be exact—which has sparked national interest in the health risks at prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Lincoln County, Arkansas
Cummins Unit, a maximum security prison in Lincoln County, recently reported over 600 cases of coronavirus. This has helped make the Arkansas county the second most viral hotspot, according to The New York Times data, with more than 6,200 cases per 100,000 residents.
Dakota County, Nebraska
Dakota County, Nebraska, abuts Sioux City, South Dakota, which has received national attention for the closing of the Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant due to the coronavirus. Dakota County only has over 20,000 citizens, but a whopping 1,000 cases of COVID-19. And if your state is reopening, check out these 14 Places You Should Still Avoid When Lockdown Ends.
Nobles County, Minnesota
More than 1,000 residents of Nobles County, Minnesota, have, or have had the coronavirus, despite its population of less than 22,000 people. That's likely because of the JBS pork-processing plant in the county's town of Worthington, which has had to close down due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
Bledsoe County, Tennessee
Nearly 600 state prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tennessee's Bledsoe County, making it a new top 10 hotspot for the coronavirus. It's also the second county in Tennessee to make this list. And for more ways the world will change after COVID-19, here are 9 Things You'll Never See in Public After the Coronavirus.
Cass County, Indiana
Cass County accounts for nearly 1,500 coronavirus cases of Indiana's total 20,500. At issue is a Tyson plant in the county's town of Logansport that had to shut down due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
Marion County, Ohio
More than 80 percent of prisoners at Marion Correctional Institution have tested positive for the coronavirus, which has seeped out to the larger community and made this Ohio county a new COVID-19 hotspot. And for more places to avoid amid the pandemic, check out The 7 Most Dangerous Spots You Can Catch Coronavirus.
Pickaway County, Ohio
Pickaway Correctional Institution has suffered the same malady as Marion Correctional Institution, making it the second-worst hotspot in Ohio and the second Ohio county to make this list.
Seward County, Kansas
Seward County is the home of the National Beef packing plant in Liberal, Kansas, which has seen a surge of more than 250 cases in just the past two weeks. That accounts for roughly a third of the county's 626 COVID-19 cases. And for more COVID-19 info you need to know, here are 25 Coronavirus Facts You Should Know by Now.
Dawson County, Nebraska
Dawson County in Nebraska is home to the Tyson meatpacking plant in Lexington, which has experienced a growing number of COVID-19 cases. They're seeing 2,592 cases per 100,000 residents, rounding out the list of the top 10 new coronavirus hotspots (excluding those adjacent to the New York City metropolitan area).