COVID-19 hot spots erupt in farm belt states, where governors say lockdowns aren’t needed

Lawn signs offer inspiration while reminding residents to wash their hands — outside a house in Des Moines. Iowa is one state that’s seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Credit: Phil Roeder/Public Domain.

While President Trump tries to rally support for plans to reopen the government next month, some of the states he points to as success stories are seeing a spike in cases. 

They include Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. None of these currently have statewide stay-at-home orders. The disease could be deadlier there because rural states have fewer doctors and hospitals, and many people don’t have easy access to health care.