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Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations rise, particularly in unvaccinated red states

Before the July 4th holiday, we told you about the country’s red-vs.-blue divide when it comes to Americans receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.

And now we’re seeing an uptick in U.S. coronavirus cases and hospitalizations — coming primarily from red states, where vaccination rates are well below the national average.

“Arkansas has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with less than 35 percent of adults having been fully vaccinated. Now, the state’s low vaccine uptake has crashed headlong into the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, leaving some hospital systems once again teetering on the brink of collapse more than a year into the pandemic,” NBC News reported last week.

The states that have seen the greatest growth in new Covid-19 cases over the past 14 days, per the New York Times: Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas and Louisiana.

The states that have seen the greatest growth in hospitalizations over the last two weeks: Alaska, Nevada, Nebraska, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Donald Trump won all of those states in 2020 with just one exception — Nevada.

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