Earlier this week, Dr Anthony Fauci said he was “troubled and concerned” about the average number of cases in the country.
“This is not the place to be when you’re trying to embrace an epidemic,” he said.
And as the weather gets colder, things will get tougher.
The rallies will likely begin to move indoors, where the virus is most prone to spread. And as colleges battle epidemics on campus, students who soon return to visit their families for the holidays may unknowingly carry the virus with them.
Additionally, it will be coupled with flu season to create what experts say could turn into a “demic twin”. What could help, health officials said, are flu shots and strong safety measures like masks and social distancing.
The high average number of cases goes hand in hand with more worrying trends: only Alabama and Hawaii report a decline in new cases in the past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And nationwide, hospitalizations have begun to increase, with more than 34,000 hospitalized patients, according to the COVID monitoring project.
Field hospital prepares to open in Wisconsin
Hospitalization trends are growing in the Midwest and states in every other region of the United States, with “particularly worrying signs” in Wisconsin, the project She said.
At least 41 states have seen the number of people needing hospitalization increase this week, the project said Thursday.
Wisconsin announced that it will open a field hospital next week to deal with the surge in patients.
“Of course we were hoping this day wouldn’t come, but unfortunately, Wisconsin is in a much different and more disastrous place today, and our health systems have been overwhelmed,” Governor Tony Evers said at a news conference.
The state recently witnessed some of the country’s most alarming trends: reporting record cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the past few days.
But he is not alone. Utah leaders said the state is not far behind. And hospitalizations in Iowa set a record this week with more than 460 Covid-19 patients across the state. The Missouri health department also broke a record on Wednesday, with over 1,300 hospitalizations for Covid-19.
Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming also had record numbers of hospitalizations this week, according to project data.
New York, New Jersey on alert
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Thursday the state had reported more than 1,300 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number since late May.
“This is a sobering number,” said the governor, and later lashed out at the president, who recently told Americans not to let the virus “rule”.
“To say that this virus is not with us yet, to say that it is not virulent, to say that it could not take your life is completely false. Every speck of this.” Murphy added.
Meanwhile, in neighboring New York, local officials are trying to get hold of clusters that have erupted in several communities, including Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange counties.
In New York City, the broadcast happens through close contacts and family members, Ted Long, head of the city’s Test and Tracing Corps, said this week.
To help curb the spread of the virus, the state recently imposed severe restrictions on areas where Covid-19 clusters are located, many of which have large Orthodox Jewish populations. Such restrictions included the closure of schools and most non-essential activities and the restriction of crowds in places of worship.
The new measures were met with protests from members of the Orthodox Jewish community and the objects were set on fire in Borough Park.
New York State Assembly member Simcha Eichenstein said he was “outraged” by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “draconian measures”.
“We continue to use our voice to ask for what no one can take away: our ability to come together in prayer,” he said in a declaration.
“But we have to do it peacefully because that’s what makes us who we are.”
Amanda Watts, Raja Razek, Mirna Alsharif and Gisela Crespo of CNN contributed to this report.