The Next Big Coronavirus Outbreak Will Happen in These States
With Texas and Florida in the headlines for a rise in COVID-19 cases, many states are left wondering, are we next? According to data from Covid Act Now, which tracks "COVID data and risk level for your community in all 50 states and 2,100+ counties," there is reason for concern. Read on to see the states that are said to have an "active or imminent COVID-19 outbreak."
"Arizona reported 3,591 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, another record high number in the state's daily report, while daily hospitalizations exceeded 2,000 for the first time ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the state," reports AZ Central. "Another 42 deaths also were reported Tuesday, according to the update provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Inpatient beds, ICU beds and ventilators in use for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients all hit their highest-ever numbers Monday, according to the report. Emergency department visits tied the previous high from Sunday, with more than 1,200."
The recent rises in cases—18,143 cases total and 961 deaths—with the highest daily case count on Sunday since tracking began, is being attributed to increased testing. "The largest concentration was down in the southwest part of the state, which was related to a lot of testing occurring in the food processing plants," explained the Leader of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force Dr. Alex Garza. But KDSK reports he is also concerned: "You know, you're always worried about, OK, what is going on out in the community that I don't know about and when is that going to show up?" added Dr. Garza.
The state has 30,444 cases and 841 deaths. "Across Alabama, there are growing concerns about how people are handling of the reopening of the state during the coronavirus pandemic," reports WIAT. "UAB's Dr. Michael Saag, a top infectious disease doctor, is sounding the alarm, grading the public an 'F' in following the advice from health experts. Back when the pandemic was first starting to affect the state in March, he gave the state a 'D' for people's social distancing efforts, or lack thereof."
With 65,928 cases and 2,648 deaths, Georgia's "health officials say you shouldn't pump the brakes on personal protection," reports WMAZ. "This weekend, Georgia reported an increase of roughly 1,800 cases in a day—the largest increase on record since April 17th. The state also posted…the most COVID cases ever in a week."
The Four Indicators
The four indicators Covid Act Now uses to determine the risk are:
- Indicator 1: Are COVID cases decreasing? Is the number of infections and deaths going down?
- Indicator 2: Are we testing enough? Is COVID testing widespread enough to identify new cases?
- Indicator 3: Are our hospitals ready? Do hospitals have the capacity to treat a surge of COVID hospitalizations?
- Indicator 4: Are we tracing fast enough? Are we finding and isolating most new cases before COVID spreads?
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