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Health officials sound the alarm about the increase in new coronavirus cases

Updated October 12, 2020 at 6:58 pm EDT

Chicago Coronavirus cases are on the rise in 39 states and only three are experiencing fewer cases. Average daily deaths are also up in 10 states from two weeks ago. The Midwest has been particularly hard hit in recent weeks.

With the nation that almost sees us 50,000 new cases one day, public health officials gave a threatening warning.

“We are truly headed into autumn with a viral disaster on our hands,”

; said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

The country is seeing around double the number of new cases today compared to early April.

“I hope these numbers lead the American public to realize that it is on an ever-worse trajectory,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert.

So is this still the first wave of the pandemic or the beginning of the second?

“I don’t think this infection is really spread in waves,” Osterholm said. “It’s more like a coronavirus bushfire, where it actually burns, burns and burns. But then, as soon as the break is over, it all comes back again.”

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A medical professional administers a COVID-19 test on October 5, 2020 in the Queens Borough of New York.

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There is an exacerbation in the Northeast, where the average daily cases have increased by almost 40% in the past month. Over the weekend, New York officials broke a rave of over 100 people with no social detachment.

In Wisconsin on Monday, a judge ruled against a group fighting that state’s mask mandate. That’s where Mark Schultz is hospitalized. “I don’t know if I’ll make it,” Schultz told CBS News.

The owner of the bar and restaurant is angry, but resilient.

“All I want to do is survive so I can take care of my family,” Schultz said. “I have a 10 year old. I’m going to have to fight this with every breath I have.”

Schultz said he is doing much better.

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