Five more states in coronavirus ‘red zone,’ White House says. Total now at 31.

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The task force reports, which the White House still doesn’t make public, say the nation as a whole is in the red zone for new cases.

In more recent reports, the task force’s advice has grown lesc and less strict, even for places facing ongoing outbreaks. For example, Montana had the highest percentage of positive tests in the nation last week — nearly 20 percent — and one county with intensive care unit beds completely full, according to the White House. The task force did not recommend strict limits on gatherings, as it had in the summer, but instead directed the state to “make clear recommendations to avoid indoor gatherings wherever possible.”

Likewise, in this week’s Utah report, the task force said family gatherings were spreading the virus to nearly every corner of the state, landing it in the red zone for cases and test positivity, with both measures going up in the last week even though diagnostic testing slightly decreased. “Develop educational campaigns to educate residents and recommend avoidance of all such gatherings,” the task force suggested. “If gatherings cannot be avoided, urge use of face coverings and social distancing, especially in any indoor setting.”

The White House did not return a request for comment.



States in the red zone for new coronavirus cases in this week’s White House report (more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents):

  1. North Dakota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Montana
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Nebraska
  6. Utah
  7. Idaho
  8. Iowa
  9. Wyoming
  10. Missouri
  11. Oklahoma
  12. Arkansas
  13. Mississippi
  14. Alaska
  15. Indiana
  16. Tennessee
  17. Kansas
  18. Illinois
  19. Minnesota
  20. New Mexico
  21. Kentucky
  22. Alabama
  23. North Carolina
  24. Nevada
  25. Rhode Island
  26. South Carolina
  27. Colorado
  28. Michigan
  29. Texas
  30. West Virginia
  31. Ohio


States in the red zone for test positivity (more than 10% of diagnostic tests are positive):

  1. Montana
  2. Idaho
  3. Utah
  4. South Dakota
  5. Nebraska
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Missouri


States in the red zone for deaths (more than two deaths per 100,000 residents):

  1. North Dakota
  2. Arkansas
  3. South Dakota
  4. Kansas
  5. Florida
  6. Iowa
  7. Mississippi
  8. Alabama
  9. Montana
  10. Missouri
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Tennessee
  13. Rhode Island
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