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Covid’s Midwest Surge Hits Populous Illinois, Ohio and Michigan

Guests wearing protective masks sit before an afternoon movie at a theater in Bloomfield Township, Michigan on Oct. 9.
Guests wearing protective masks sit before an afternoon movie at a theater in Bloomfield Township, Michigan on Oct. 9.Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg

Covid-19’s recent march across the Midwest has caught up with the region’s most populous states.

Illinois, Ohio and Michigan have proven unable to fend off outbreaks at their doorsteps, including in nearby Wisconsin. In Illinois, cases surged to a record 4,015 on Thursday, extending one of the nation’s most concerning weekly trends. Daily Covid-19 deaths in the state rose to 53, the highest since June 24.