As of Monday night, at least 189,037 Americans had died of the coronavirus, The New York Times reports, and the number of new cases is on the rise in 22 states. Public health authorities warned that Labor Day crowds increased the risk of new infections. Most of the states reporting rising infections are in the Midwest and South, Reuters reports. South Dakota showed the largest increase on a percentage basis, with 3,700 new cases over the past two weeks, a 126 percent increase compared to the previous two weeks. Some of the new cases were linked to last month's massive annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis. Nationwide, the increases were offset by falling new infections in the heavily populated states of California, Florida, and Texas. In New York, which was the epicenter of the pandemic in the spring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that as of Sunday, the state's infection rate has been below one percent for 30 days in a row.

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