As of Saturday night, new cases have declined in Texas, Missouri and South Carolina, while 21 states have reported an increase in cases and just over half remained stable from the previous week.
The 21 states reporting an increase in new cases are Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Wisconsin reported a record number of 2,892 new cases daily Saturday, according to data from the state̵
“The waves we are seeing in our state are not an indication that masks don’t work. This underscores what we’ve been saying from the start, which is that masks only work if everyone wears them,” said Governor Tony Evers. .
A global approach
While still below the summer peak of about 67,000 in July, the seven-day average of new cases per day in the United States is about 42,400. The average is more than 20% higher than on Sept. 12 and, according to health officials, is too high if the country wants to avoid a peak when the public moves inside with colder weather coming.
While the New York City Department of Health tracks four “affected clusters” in southern Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Central Queens and Far Rockaway, the state of New York announced it conducted a record of more than 130,000 coronavirus tests on Friday.
In total, New York administered 11 million total coronavirus diagnostic tests, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
“The tests are not a substitute for safety measures, including consistent mask use, physical distancing and hand washing,” Frieden said.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear responded to the state’s record of 1,275 cases in one day with a request that everyone wear masks and a reminder that “we must do better.”
“We have to go back to enforcing these rules because 1,275 cases will also lead to many deaths,” Beshear said in a video statement. He said on Monday his office will provide details on how to “step up” the application of the masks.
Experts advise who should be vaccinated first
Experts advising the federal government say frontline health workers and those providing health facility services should be the first to get vaccinated, followed by people at high risk of serious illness due to underlying health conditions.
Next should come elders who live in congregated settings, such as nursing homes, a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a final report.
But local leaders should also prioritize vulnerable communities, the committee said. This addition comes after criticism of the group’s draft report that was released last month, which did not mention the minority communities that have been most affected by the pandemic.
The committee recommends that, within each phase of vaccination, authorities prioritize people in areas of high vulnerability, identified by a tool such as the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. The index uses variables from the U.S. census to identify communities in particular need of disaster support which, according to the committee, considers the factors that put racial minorities at greater risk from Covid-19.
The third phase proposes vaccination for young adults, children and those working in sectors where people may receive some protection but are still at risk of exposure, such as banks and universities.
The final phase covers anyone who has not yet received the vaccination.
Admissions have increased for the first time since July
Last week saw an average of about 30,000 hospitalized, a 2.4% increase from the previous week and the first jump after eight weeks of decline, CTP reported.
“This peak we are seeing in Brown County, Wisconsin should be a wake-up call to anyone living here that our community is facing a crisis,” said Dr. Paul Casey, medical director of the Bellin Emergency Department. Green Bay Hospital, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s seven-day average of new daily infections has soared in recent weeks, from highs of 600 and 700 at the end of August to an all-time high of 2,892 on Saturday.
Jason Hanna, Gregory Lemos, Lauren Mascarenhas, Aditi Sangal and Amanda Watts of CNN contributed to this report.