“In the public square, we are seeing a higher level of vigilance and mitigation measures in many jurisdictions,” said the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, during a call with the governors of the nation. The audio of the call was obtained from CNN.
“But what we’re seeing as the growing threat right now is actually the acquisition of infection through small home gatherings,” Redfield said. “Particularly as Thanksgiving approaches, we believe it is really important to emphasize the vigilance of these ongoing mitigation measures in the home environment.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, echoed Redfield̵
This is especially important to keep in mind when college students start coming home. Experts have warned that young students, who often show mild or no symptoms at all, can contribute to the family spread of the virus by infecting their parents who can then infect other parts of their home and community.
“You would like to see them less than 3%, optimally 1% or less,” he said at an event hosted by the College of American Pathologists.
“We are starting to see a number of states well above that, which is often – in fact, invariably – highly predictive of a resurgence of cases, which we know historically leads to an increase in hospitalizations and thus, ultimately, to an increase in deaths. “
In the United States, there are an average of 49,000 new infections per day
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the country is recording an average of more than 49,000 new infections every day, a 13% increase from the previous week.
In Wisconsin, hospitalizations have nearly tripled in the past month, the governor said, adding that residents should do everything they can to help keep the virus in check and prevent the state’s health system from being overwhelmed.
In Washington state, a public health official warned of a dramatic increase in cases.
“We are having more than 140 cases reported every day for the past week,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for the Seattle and King County Public Health Agency. “This is more than double what we saw in late September.”
Increasing cases require restrictions
Several local leaders pushed for new measures following an increase in cases. Oklahoma City leaders have extended the local mask ordinance until at least December 7 due to increased hospitalizations for Covid-19, health officials said.
Regional Medical Response System Director Heather Yazdanipour told CNN that the city is currently in a booming environment and hospitals are experiencing shortages of equipment, space and personnel to accommodate. incoming patients.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Tuesday several restrictions to help curb the spread of the virus amid an “alarming” increase in cases in the state.
“When the spread of the virus in the community becomes uncontrollable – and we are rapidly approaching that point – our only option is to simply shut down those opportunities for the virus,” the governor said in a statement.
Bars and restaurants serving alcohol must close by 22:00. starting Friday and mass gatherings will be limited to five people.
“The rollbacks will mean more economic turmoil for so many workers and entrepreneurs in our state who have already suffered and sacrificed so much,” the governor said. “But it is our only chance to prevent more devastating diseases and to save lives.”
Fauci: vaccine development “on a good path”
“A couple of vaccines are very close to getting some sort of information,” he said, according to audio obtained by CNN.
US health officials should know by November or December if there is a safe and effective vaccine, Fauci said, adding, “It is conceivable that we may even know before then.”
During the call, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar reminded states that a deadline is imminent to provide a vaccine distribution plan to the CDC.
“We want you to be in close contact with your CDC liaison during this process as you approach the deadline for submitting a vaccine distribution plan to CDC this Friday, Oct. 16,” Azar said.
Amanda Watts, Andy Rose, Betsy Klein, Kay Jones, Lauren Mascarenhas, and CNN’s Jenn Selva contributed to this report.