There is hardly any place in America where Covid-19 case counts are heading in the right direction as the country heads into what health experts say will be the toughest months of the pandemic.
The United States averages more than 55,000 new cases a day – more than 60% from a mid-September drop – and experts say the country is in the midst of a feared wave of falling. On Friday, the United States reported the highest number of infections in a single day since July. As of Saturday, more than 8.1 million cases of the virus had been reported in the United States and 219,286 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Only Missouri and Vermont have seen an improvement of more than 10 percent in the average number of cases reported in the past week, according to university data. Cases in Connecticut and Florida, on the other hand, increased by 50% or more.
Twenty-seven states recorded peaks between 10% and 50%: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The new cases are static in the remaining states.
“This is truly a heartbreaking time and people need to be careful,” said epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.
‘This wave has the potential to be much worse’
On Friday, 10 states reported their highest daily counts: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to Johns Hopkins.
As infections increase, so do hospitalizations. In New Mexico, hospitalizations increased 101 percent this month, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said.
Other hospitalizations are likely to be followed by an increase in daily coronavirus deaths, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
Although the US average of 700 coronavirus deaths per day remains below the daily tolls of 1,000 in July and August, University of Washington researchers predict that more than 2,300 Americans could die every day by mid-January.
“When we saw this type of transmission at the start of the pandemic in March and April, the virus hadn’t spread everywhere. … This wave has the potential to be much worse than it was spring or summer. , “El-Sayed, the former Detroit medical director, said.
State leaders push new restrictions
Americans can help keep the virus under control, experts say, by following guidelines touted for months by officials: avoid crowded environments, keep your distance, hold small meetings outdoors, and wear a mask.
“This is a good time for people to stop and ask themselves, ‘What can I do to make sure I limit further infections that otherwise seem to loom ahead as the cold is coming and people are indoors, and those curves are going. up, in the wrong direction? ”Collins said Friday.
The increases have prompted state leaders to push new restrictions, including the application of masks and limits to meetings, in hopes of curbing the spread.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced changes to state health measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10% of general and staffed intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients.
In Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear said this month that he instructed authorities to step up the application of masks, and in New Mexico, the governor this week ordered new restrictions on mass gatherings and 10pm. closing time of shops serving alcohol.
“Every new Mexican can and should do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, limiting their interactions with others and wearing their own masks,” Grisham tweeted.