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“We're very worried about the travel that's going on around Thanksgiving. Six million people traveled in the last six days and that means many more people will be exposed [to the virus.] We told folks to stay at home and not move around but people did the opposite….We're all quite worried the system will be overwhelmed with patients because the resources we have are finite but the numbers of patients we have could be infinite. COVID does not take a holiday.” Hospital systems are strained in the Midwest. (Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance) Forty-six states are now considered hotspots where stay-at-home orders are necessary, according to the Brown School of Public Health COVID-19 Risk Level Dashboard . To be designated as a hotspot, the positivity rate exceeds 25 cases per 100,000 people. States with the highest number of cases per 100,000 people are Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Thanksgiving Day marked the 24th day in a row that new COVID cases remained above 100,000, bringing the average 7-day case count to more than 163,000, according to the COVID Tracking Project . That’s up from a 7-day average of just over 69,000 a month ago. “Right now things are on fire. The case rate in North Dakota is 150 per 100,000 people. In California, it’s 31 per 100,000 people and view site… the case positivity rate is going up.

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