There is almost no place in America where the number of Covid-19 cases is moving in the right direction, while the country is heading for what health experts say will be the most challenging months of the pandemic.
The United States has an average of more than 55,000 new cases a day – more than 60 percent since mid-September – and experts say the country is in the middle of a terrible jump. On Friday, the United States reported the most infections in a single day since July. As of Saturday, more than 8.1 million cases of the virus have been reported in the United States and 219,286 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Missouri and Vermont alone reported more than a 10 percent improvement in the average number of reported cases in the past week, according to the university. Cases in Connecticut and Florida, on the other hand, increased by 50% or more.
Twenty-seven states have seen jumps between 10% and 50%: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The new cases are static in the other states.
“This is a really painful time and people need to be careful,” said epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El Sayed.
“This jump could be much worse.”
On Friday, 10 states reported their highest numbers for a single day: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to Jones Hopkins.
As infections increase, they are also hospitalized. In New Mexico, hospitalizations have increased by 101% this month, said Gov. Michel Luhan Grisham.
More 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 an average of 700 coronavirus deaths a day in the United States remain below the daily 1,000 in July and August, researchers at the University of Washington estimate that more than 2,300 Americans could die each day until mid-January.
“When we saw this type of transmission earlier in the pandemic, in March and April, the virus had not spread everywhere. … This tide has the potential to be much worse than spring or summer,” El-Sayed, the former health director of Detroit, he said.
State leaders are imposing new restrictions
Americans can help control the virus, experts say, by listening to the guidelines advertised by authorities for months: avoid overcrowded settings, keep their distance, keep small outdoor gatherings and wear a mask.
“This is a good time for people to stop and ask, ‘What can I do to try to make sure we limit the further infections that otherwise appear to us as the cold weather begins and people are on closed, and these curves go up, in the wrong direction? “Collins said on Friday.
Trouble has prompted state leaders to impose new restrictions, including masking and collection restrictions, in hopes of curbing proliferation.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced changes to state health measures, including requiring hospitals to book at least 10 percent of shared beds and Covid-19 intensive care beds.
In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshir said this month that he had instructed authorities to step up the use of masks, and in New Mexico this week, the governor ordered new restrictions on mass gatherings and 22 hours to close bars serving alcohol.
“Every new Mexican can and must do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, limiting their interaction with others and wearing their masks,” Grisham tweeted.