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New York Times: Muncie could be next for major COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 6:35 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 20:58:01-04

MUNCIE — Muncie, Indiana could be one of the next COVID-19 hot spots in the United States, according to the New York Times.

Muncie is in the top 10 for highest daily growth rate of deaths, at about 7%. The deaths in Muncie are doubling every 9.8 days, a much higher rate than Indianapolis. Indianapolis’ deaths are doubling every 83.3 days, according to the New York Times’ data.

“Growth rates are useful measures in epidemics because they tell us whether things are getting better or worse,” the newspaper’s analysis reads. “In places where the growth rate is high but the number of cases is relatively low, a community may still have time to flatten its curve before an outbreak becomes widespread.”

There is some good news for a different Indiana city. Columbus, Indiana is a top 10 city for decreasing deaths per 100,000 residents. Columbus went from 14 to 6 in a week.

“The places on this list are not necessarily those where the outbreak is no longer severe,” the analysis reads. “But sustained decreases in new cases and deaths are signs that a place is going in the right direction.”

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