States that had a grip on COVID now seeing a crush of cases

  • Campus supervisor Yolanda Fierros directs Valentin Quintero III to his kindergarten class Thursday on the first day of instruction at Roosevelt Elementary School in Anaheim, Calif. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)

The COVID-19 surge that is sending hospitalizations to all-time highs in parts of the South is also clobbering states like Hawaii and Oregon that were once seen as pandemic success stories.