Wyoming, which set a record for new Covid-19 cases last week, loosened rules around restaurants after the governor said data showed that dinner restaurants “did not contribute significantly” to the spread of the virus in the state. And several California counties have been given the green light to move to less restrictive levels of state opening plans, officials said.
As of early Wednesday, at least 26 states in the United States reported more new cases than the previous week, according to data from John Hopkins. Two of them, New Mexico and North Carolina, reported more than a 50 percent increase in new cases. Only eight countries have seen declining trends.
The governor of Kentucky says the increase in cases should be a “wake-up call”
In Kentucky, where the second highest daily Covid-19 cases occurred on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Bashir called the increase a “wake-up call.”
“We can’t let this thing get out of hand again because we’re tired,” Beshir said in a statement. “Yesterday I said I believe we are at the beginning of a new escalation. We certainly see that in today’s issue.”
Experts say the long months of a pandemic mean the US population is particularly tired. Many across the country have given up on avoiding crowds and have taken precautions and insisted on returning to normal – fatigue can be dangerous, according to officials.
“We need to work harder,” Bashir said. “It’s a war and we’ve won a lot of battles, but we can’t get away from the battlefield.”
In Wisconsin, the governor warned that Covid-19 cases were “gaining momentum” and announced that the state was announcing a one-day maximum of new cases over the weekend.
“No party, no gathering, no bar,” said Governor Tony Evers.
In Missouri, health officials say the state now sees the “highest level of hospitalization” experienced since the beginning of the pandemic.
“What we see now in Missouri is widespread throughout the state,” Missouri Hospital Association spokesman Dave Dylan told CNN. “And those numbers reflect the fact that it’s moving in the communities and it’s not under control.”
A student dies after complications of Covid-19
In North Carolina, a student at Appalachian State University who was diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier this month has died after suffering later complications, said Appalachian Chancellor of State Sherry Everts.
The student, Chad Dorrill, returned home and went into isolation after a positive test, Everts said. Doril returned to Boone, where the university is located, after being released by a doctor.
But upon his return, Everts said the student had “additional complications” and was hospitalized.
“Although they are usually at lower risk of serious illness, adults in college can become seriously ill with COVID-19,” the chancellor said. “We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases among students.”
“We all need to stay vigilant with our safety behavior wherever we are in our community.”
Andy Rose, Rebecca Rees and Sean Nottingham of CNN contributed to this report.