More than 80,000 people in the U.S. have now died from the novel coronavirus, according to statistics compiled by the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
A significant plurality of those deaths are in the Northeast — 26,988, by John Hopkins’ count, in New York state, and 9,340 more in New Jersey.
Increasingly, the virus is moving to smaller cities and rural areas. And though President Trump has touted falling rates across the country, a White House task force report obtained by NBC news and published Monday shows virus rates spiking in the heartland.
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