First reported in December, there are now more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, worldwide as of 11 a.m. April 25, 2020 — including more than 906,551 cases in the U.S., according to data collected by John Hopkins University.

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Since the highly-infectious respiratory illness was declared a worldwide pandemic on March 11, U.S. federal and state officials have made moves to limit its spread, including closing down schools, restaurants and bars, cancelling large events and encouraging people to practice "social distancing" by keeping at least 6-feet away from others.

The Midwest Center is reporting on the pandemic's impact in rural areas and in farm country.

This diary will be updated throughout the outbreak of Covid-19 with personal observations and short news updates from the Midwest Center staff.

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