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Image: Dartmouth Atlas Project. Areas in dark blue have fastest rise in COVID-19 cases over past 7 days.

A new study shows that COVID-19 is spreading across the United States, and it seems to be spreading quickly in some places of the country that are planning to ease their social distancing restrictions in the near future.

Coronavirus Is Spreading Fast in Areas of U.S. That May Reopen Soon: Study

FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 coronavirus has saturated the United States, and it appears to be spreading quickly in some places that are planning to ease social distancing restrictions soon, a new study shows.

County-level data shows COVID-19 cases in all 306 "hospital referral regions" in the United States, the areas where people go for hospital or specialist care, said study leader Dr. Elliott Fisher, a professor of health policy and medicine at The Dartmouth Institute in Lebanon, N.H.

"We need to be aware that this epidemic is far from over. The number of cases in every region today are higher than they were a week ago," said Fisher. "We have no place in the country where there are not cases being reported within a region."

The data also show that COVID-19 cases are growing more rapidly in places that have not been as heavily hit as New York City, Seattle, San Francisco and other early coronavirus hot spots.

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