Northern states are becoming American COVID-19 hotspots as winter weather returns – CBC

Cases are surging to record levels along the border with Canada. It’s especially hitting the unvaccinated

Dec 10, 2021

Just past the border, right on Canada’s doorstep, the United States is witnessing the return of a miserable and now-familiar fact of life in a pandemic entering its third winter.

Cases are surging in northern states — to record levels in some areas — as America’s hottest COVID-19 hotspots are once again places with the coldest winters.

The annual human retreat to indoor spaces has abetted transmission in places like Michigan, Minnesota and Vermont —and created new dilemmas for Canadians.

At least one municipal body is now cautioning against cross-border trips.

The public-health authority of Thunder Bay, Ont., has urged against non-essential travel to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan where case rates are much higher than Canada’s.

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