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CDC director says South turning the tide as college parties fuel coronavirus concerns

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CDC Director Robert Redfield said Thursday that states in the South have begun “to turn the tide” on the coronavirus pandemic and predicted the country could bring it under control with basic measures of mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing. His statement comes as partying by U.S. college students has angered school administrators and raised fears that the gatherings will become super-spreader events.

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A person who visited a bar in Sturgis, S.D., during a giant motorcycle rally has tested positive for the coronavirus and could have exposed others, state health officials say, raising fears of a potential superspreading event.


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