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The Winter Surge Is Fracturing

Hospitalizations are down across the Midwest, but a handful of states are showing worrisome signs.
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Updated at 11:14 p.m. ET on January 13, 2021.

Three weeks ago, the COVID-19 winter surge was well under way and . Since the beginning of November, the Northeast, South, and Midwest had seen more than 100 deaths per million people, and the West was just shy of that, at 94 per million, with deaths increasing. The winter surge was the first time conditions had ; previously, the spring saw cases concentrated largely in the Northeast, followed by a summer surge across the South and West. But by early October, all four

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