Coronavirus cases have increased in all 50 states over the past 14 days, plus Washington, the United States, the Virgin Islands and Guam, according to the latest NBC News data on Tuesday.
And in a dozen of those states – Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Iowa, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Pennsylvania and New York – infections have jumped in the past two weeks, meaning there have been 100 percent or more increase in confirmed cases in 14 days.
With so many new cases, hospitals across the country – and doctors treating the flood of new patients ̵
“We seem to be breaking our record for the total number of new patients every day,” said Dr. Jeff Pothof, an emergency physician at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and MSNBC’s chief quality officer. “We are all tired. Everyone is tired. We all do our best. Medicine is a team sport, but we need help. Things are not going well for us. “
In other news about coronavirus:
- As President Donald Trump still refuses to acknowledge his apparent election loss to Joe Biden, executive directors of the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurse wrote a letter to the president urging his administration to “work closely with the transition.” Biden team to share all critical information related to Covid-19. The letter came a day after President-elect Biden told NBC’s Jeff Bennett that “more people can die” if the Trump administration continues to block the smooth transfer of power.
- So far, the Trump administration has not told Biden’s coronavirus team “where the supplies are, how many have been purchased by the federal government, how they can distribute them, and what models they use,” Dr. Nicole Lurie, who serves in the Department of Health and Human Services. social services under former President Barack Obama, told NBC News.
- The mental health of millions of Americans who lost their jobs due to the long-term unemployment pandemic. “I think that pushes the edge of what people can do,” said Ofer Sharone, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- As potential blockages approached, major national food chains such as Kroger and Publix began restricting purchases of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels and other pandemic staples in stores and online to reduce stress on supply chains.
- There will be no Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans next year due to the pandemic, local media reported.
- A wedding earlier this month near Spokane, Washington, which was attended by about 300 people, has been linked to at least 17 new cases of coronavirus, according to Grant County Health.
- State Legend Dolly Parton’s research fund helped fund the development of the Moderna vaccine.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont echoed Pothof in an interview with CNBC.
“My concern will be the hospital staff,” Lamont said. – This is something we do not have so much control over and for the last time we could borrow from countries that have had low levels of infection. Today, there are no countries with a low infection rate. “
So many new infections were reported in Cleveland over the weekend that city workers could not count them in time for Monday’s briefing.
“The city of Cleveland is experiencing an unprecedented jump in coronavirus cases, unlike anything still reported during this pandemic,” the city said in a statement.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny said that as the pandemic accelerated, he had no choice but to impose new restrictions.
“We’re serious about it, we’ve been serious,” Kenny, a Democrat, told MSNBC. “We’ve stepped back a little bit, we have people who don’t wear masks as much as they should. We’re 70 percent, but we should be in the ’90s, so we really have to deal with that now and go through this long dark corner. “
But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican and Trump ally who has been reluctant to impose any restrictions on coronavirus since the crisis began, rejected more blockades, even though his state reported nearly 890,000 infections (the third-highest). in the country) and 17,774 deaths (fourth highest in the country).
The United States currently leads the world with 11.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 248,000 deaths, according to NBC News.
While two promising Covid-19 vaccines are still in widespread use, Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is still a long winter ahead and Americans must cope and continue to wear masks and avoid participating in large indoor gatherings. which accelerate the number of infections.
“We don’t want the tremendous success of these two vaccines to make people complacent,” Fauzi told CNN. “I’ve often said that help is on the way, but help isn’t here yet.”
In Chicago, where strict restrictions were imposed on Monday to counter the alarming rise in new cases, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Americans needed to step up and do the right thing.
“We understand that people are sick and tired, but death is real and it’s on the horizon for us if we don’t dig and do more,” Lightfoot told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “That’s why we urge people to stay home, not to be in big crowds, to wear cladding and to really take responsibility for their own lives.”
But that message continued to be undermined by Dr. Scott Atlas, one of Trump’s top advisers on the Trump pandemic, who was criticized, among other things, for spreading misinformation about herd immunity and for making false claims about the effectiveness of masks. stopping the spread of coronavirus.
After appearing to encourage large family Thanksgiving gatherings on Monday night’s Fox News interview, Atlas returned to the cable network and the Brian Kilmaid Show on Tuesday, during which he said the masks were not necessary for children.
It doesn’t matter that the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the best public health experts say that the masks protect both carriers and everyone else from infection.
“By the way, we’re creating a generation of neurotic children who wear masks when they have a very small, if any, significant risk of doing so,” Atlas said. “You know, I mean the country is off the rails, I tried to get it back on track.”
Unlike Fauci, Atlas is not an expert on infectious diseases. He is a radiologist and is on leave as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Conservative Institute.
“Dr. Atlas expressed views that contradicted the university’s response to the pandemic,” Stanford University said in a tweet. “Dr. Atlas’ statements reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution of the University. “
Trump has been called the world’s largest disseminator of coronavirus misinformation. He has also been accused of politicizing the use of masks, often refusing to wear them in public and chairing rallies and other events where masking was little or no, even after he was infected with Covid-19.
This guerrilla division was shown Monday in the Senate when Ohio Sen. Sharod Brown, a Democrat, took Senator Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, on a mission not to wear a mask while presiding. He said Sullivan was threatening Senate officials.
“I don’t wear a mask when I speak like most senators,” Sullivan said, clearly confused as his red, white, and blue masks sat on his desk. “I don’t need your instructions.”
“I know you don’t need my instructions, but there’s obviously not much interest in this public health body,” Brown, who was wearing a mask, fired in response. “We have a president who did not appear at the coronavirus working group meeting months later. “
Currently, two Republican senators, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rick Scott of Florida, are in quarantine after being exposed to someone infected with Covid-19. Grassley, 87, announced later Tuesday that he had a positive test.
In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the state’s first term after the Republican spent months rejecting restrictions on disguise as a “feeling good.” At 51.73 percent, Iowa now has the third highest rate of Covid-19 positivity testing in the country after Wyoming and South Dakota.
But in neighboring Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts defended his continued opposition to a mandate in a state where the number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 jumped from 200 in September to 938.
“I don’t think mask mandates are appropriate,” said Ricketts, who is also a Republican. “I think they give birth to resistance.”
Nebraska, which has a population of less than two million, has reported 101,601 confirmed cases of coronavirus and nearly 800 deaths since the crisis began, according to NBC data.