Only Maine, Texas and Washington report fewer new cases daily on average since last week. The number of new cases remains stable in 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Across 31 states in all, new cases have increased over the previous week.
Montana, one of the states that reported a sharp rise over the week, reported 5,000 cases of the coronavirus in the past 1
The state recorded its first coronavirus case on March 13, and on August 10 it reported having 5,017 cases across the state. Then, from September 30 to October 10, Montana reported 5,046 cases of the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Public health experts have warned that the fall and winter could bring an explosion of new Covid-19 cases as Americans exercise less caution and spend more time indoors, where there is a higher chance of transmission. .
20,000 “inevitable” deaths this month
The estimate is based on the number of infections “that have already occurred,” Dr. Tom Frieden said at the CNN town hall “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears” on Saturday.
“Whenever we ignore, minimize or underestimate this virus, we do so at our own peril and at the peril of the people whose lives depend on us,” Frieden said.
By February, the coronavirus death toll in the United States could double to around 400,000, according to model projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Daily deaths will peak at around 2,300 in mid-January, the model predicted.
New cases of Covid-19 continue to grow across the country. Florida health officials reported 5,570 new cases on Sunday after there were no updates on the case or death on Saturday, according to the Florida Department of Health.
178 deaths were also reported in Florida on Sunday, bringing the total to 15,364, according to the data.
Infections could be closer to 40 million in the United States
Officials are tracking coronavirus infections and deaths, but Frieden said these numbers may be too small.
The true number of coronavirus deaths in the United States is well over a quarter of a million, Frieden said Saturday.
Part of the problem in determining the true impact is how deaths are listed on death certificates, especially for older patients who are more likely to have other health problems along with a coronavirus infection. Often other health conditions are listed as the cause of death, he said.
“If you die of cancer and you also have diabetes, you still died of cancer,” Frieden explained. “If you died from Covid, and you also had diabetes, you died from Covid.”
The number of infections is likely closer to 40 million people, he said.
“You might not get sick from it at all, but you could spread it to someone who then dies, or you might spread it to someone else who dies,” he said. “That’s why we must all recognize that we are in this together. There is only one enemy, and that is the virus.”
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Andrea Kane, Leanna Faulk, Shelby Lin Erdman, Nicole Chavez, and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.