The number of new U.S. coronavirus cases has dropped from its peak in late July. But hidden in that trend is a rise in daily cases in the Midwest — which has recently seen its highest level so far.
Different sections of the U.S. have experienced spikes in cases at different times during the pandemic — early spring in the Northeast, midsummer in the South and West.

Lately, the Midwest has seen soaring numbers of daily cases.
The rise in the number of cases in the Midwest have prompted alarm and fear in places that had until now avoided the worst of the pandemic.
Through last Friday, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Iowa had added more recent cases per capita than all other states.

College outbreaks, a motorcycle rally and an outbreak at a jail have all contributed to the spikes.
As summer ends in the Midwest, difficult questions linger. Is the worst still ahead? Will college outbreaks spread beyond campuses?

See more of our analysis of the surge in cases in the Midwest.

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