“In the public square, we are seeing a higher level of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a conversation with the nation’s governors on Tuesday. Audio of the conversation was received from CNN.
“But what we currently see as a growing threat is actually the acquisition of infection through small household gatherings,” Redfield said. “In particular, as Thanksgiving approaches, we believe it is very important to emphasize the vigilance of these ongoing mitigation steps in the household.”
White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birks reiterated Redfield̵
This is especially important to keep in mind when students begin to return home. Experts have warned that young students, who often show mild or no symptoms, can contribute to the spread of the virus in the household by infecting their parents, who can then infect other parts of their home and community.
“You would like to see them below 3%, optimally 1% or less,” he said at an event hosted by the College of American Pathologists.
“We’re starting to see a number of countries well above what is often – in fact invariably – highly predictable for a resurgence of cases, which we know historically leads to an increase in hospitalizations and then eventually to an increase in deaths.”
The United States averages 49,000 new infections daily
The country now has an average of more than 49,000 new infections each day – 13% more than the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In Wisconsin, hospitalizations have tripled in almost the last month, the governor said, adding that residents must do everything in their power to help control the virus and prevent congestion in the public health system.
In Washington, a public health official warned of a sharp rise in cases.
“We have reported more than 140 cases every day in the past week,” said Dr. Jeff Dachin, a health official at the Seattle Public Health Agency and King County. “That’s more than twice what we saw at the end of September.”
Increasing cases lead to rapid restrictions
Several local leaders have called for new measures following the increase in cases. Oklahoma City leaders have extended the local ordinance on masks until at least Dec. 7 amid an increase in Covid-19 hospitals, health officials said.
Regional Medical Response System Director Heather Yazdanipur told CNN that the city is currently in an explosive environment and hospitals are short of equipment, space and accommodation staff. arriving patients.
New Mexico Gov. Michel Lujan Grisham announced several restrictions on Tuesday to help curb the spread of the virus amid “alarming” growth in the state.
“When the spread of the virus in the community becomes uncontrollable – and we are rapidly approaching this point – our only option is simply to rule out these possibilities for the virus,” the governor said in a statement.
Bars and restaurants serving alcohol will have to be closed until 10 pm on Friday, and mass gatherings will be limited to five people.
“Recovery will mean more economic shocks for so many workers and business owners in our country who have already suffered and sacrificed so much,” the governor said. “But this is our only chance to prevent more devastating diseases and save lives.”
Fauci: Developing vaccines “on a really good path”
“Several vaccines are very close to receiving any information,” he said, according to audio received from CNN.
U.S. health officials need to know by November or December if there is a safe and effective vaccine, Fauzi said, adding, “We may even know before then.”
During the conversation, the Minister of Health and Humanitarian Services Alex Azar reminded that he will provide them with a plan for the distribution of vaccines to the CDC.
“We want you to be in close contact with your CDC during this process as you approach the deadline for submitting a vaccine distribution plan to the CDC, this Friday, October 16,” Hazard said.
CNN’s Amanda Watts, Andy Rose, Betsy Klein, Kay Jones, Lauren Mascarenhas and Jen Selva contributed to the report.