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US Coronavirus: At least 24 states are reporting more new cases than a week ago

“Testing is not a substitute for safety measures, including consistent mask use, physical distancing and hand washing,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only seven states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas – have reported decreases in new cases of at least 10 percent from last week.

The country’s seven-day average of new cases per day – around 42,400 – is more than 20 percent higher than it was on September 12, when it was a two-month low of around 34,300.

It’s still below the summer peak of around 67,000 since July, but health officials have said even daily cases among the 40,000 are too high if the country is to avoid a dangerous surge in the coming months, when the cold will push people. in home. more often.

States reporting increasing numbers of new cases are Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio , Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Worrying trends in the United States

In many states, local and state leaders are signaling troubling milestones.

Wisconsin reported 2,892 new cases on Saturday, a record number for the state. The previous record – 2,887 new cases – was set earlier this week.

Governor Tony Evers urged residents to wear masks in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, telling them in a message on social media that “the peaks we are seeing in our state are not an indication that the masks are not working”.

“This underscores what we’ve always said, which is that masks only work if everyone wears them,” the governor said.

California surpassed 16,000 deaths on Saturday, when the Department of Public Health reported 88 deaths.

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Kentucky on Friday had the second highest number of cases reported in one day, at 999.

And that limits weeks of increases: His seven-day average of new cases – more than 800 on Fridays – is well above 500 and 600 since the beginning to mid-September, Johns Hopkins data shows.

“This week will break last week’s record for the number of cases,” Governor Andy Beshear said Friday. “The situation is becoming very dangerous in Kentucky.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the state was facing a “cluster situation” with about 20 postcodes – many of them in New York City – reporting high positivity rates. This is when thousands of students in New York City returned to school.
But other US communities have pushed further towards reopening. Florida has paved the way for the complete reopening of bars and restaurants. Mississippi has revoked its masking mandate. In California, several counties moved to less restrictive levels of the state’s reopening plan, while in Nevada, officials relaxed limits on public meetings.

Hospitalizations are increasing

According to the Covid Tracking Project, the average number of people hospitalized with coronavirus in a week has recently increased for the first time since July.

Last week saw an average of about 30,000 hospitalized, a 2.4% increase from the previous week and the first jump after eight weeks of decline, CTP reported.
While daily deaths in the United States are still falling, “the decline appears to have slowed,” CTP said in a blog post on Thursday.
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In Wisconsin, hospitalizations more than doubled last month, according to CTP.
In one part of Wisconsin, a health worker warned that the community “is approaching a crisis.”

“This peak we are seeing in Brown County, Wisconsin should be a wake-up call to anyone living here that our community is facing a crisis,” said Dr. Paul Casey, medical director of the Bellin Emergency Department. Green Bay Hospital, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s seven-day average of new daily infections has soared in recent weeks, from highs of 600 and 700 at the end of August to an all-time high of 2,439 on Friday.

One of Green Bay’s four hospitals has more patients than the entire city had at its peak in April, Dr. Casey told CNN Thursday.

Report: these should be the vaccination stages

Several companies are conducting phase 3 studies of the Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, but it remains uncertain when a safe and effective vaccine will be available for the U.S. population.

Experts advising the federal government say frontline health workers and those providing health facility services should be the first to get vaccinated, followed by people at high risk of serious illness due to underlying health conditions.

Next should come elders living in congregated settings, such as nursing homes, a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a final report.

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But local leaders should also prioritize vulnerable communities, the committee said. This addition comes after criticism of the group’s draft report that was released last month, which did not mention the minority communities that have been most affected by the pandemic.

The committee recommends that, within each phase of vaccination, authorities prioritize people in areas of high vulnerability, identified by a tool such as the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. The index uses variables from the U.S. census to identify communities in particular need of disaster support which, according to the committee, considers the factors that put racial minorities at greater risk from Covid-19.

The third phase proposes vaccination for young adults, children and those working in sectors where people may receive some protection but are still at risk of exposure, such as banks and universities.

A vaccination for children, the committee said, will depend on whether a vaccine has been tested in that population. Pediatric specialists have recently called for the start of trials on the Covid-19 vaccine for children claiming that the population has been “stuck in a neutral position”.

The final phase covers anyone who has not yet received the vaccination.

Gregory Lemos, Lauren Mascarenhas, Aditi Sangal, and CNN’s Amanda Watts contributed to this report.

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