These 14 States Just Saw a Shocking Spike in Coronavirus Cases
As your city reopens during the COVID-19 pandemic, some regions have been hit harder than others—in fact, 14 states "have recorded their highest-ever seven-day average of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began," according to The Washington Post. It's "part of the trend of new infections surging across the rural United States," says the paper. "Health experts worry those areas, already short of resources before the pandemic, will struggle to track new cases with the infrastructure that remains." Here are the 14 states that are seeing record highs, with all data current at the time of publishing.
On May 27th, Alaska recorded 37 cases that day. The state's previous daily high was only 17 cases, and some days it has averaged 1 or 0. (With 10 deaths total reported.) Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon contracted COVID-19 and has been encouraging her citizens to get tested. "Get tested even if you have the mildest of symptoms, because that's exactly what I had—mild symptoms," she told KINY. "I didn't even have a runny nose."
The state's high was 581 cases until recently—on June 5th, it registered 1,579 cases that day, with 1,047 total deaths. "As COVID-19 numbers in Arizona climbed last week, the state health director sent a letter to hospitals urging them to 'fully activate' emergency plans," says AZ Central. "Hospitals are also being asked to prepare for crisis care, and to suspend elective surgeries if they are experiencing a shortage of staff or bed capacity."
On June 6th, Arkansas saw 450 cases that day, and cases have been rising since May 22nd. The state has suffered 154 deaths total. "While counties with prison populations were hardest-hit initially, the epicenter has now shifted, according to Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, the state epidemiologist," reports Arkansas Online. "'It appears that we are seeing an increase, in many cases, associated with Latinos in Northwest Arkansas.'"
With 3,705 cases reported on May 30th, the state saw a record daily high, and cases have climbed since May 18th—with 4,653 deaths since the pandemic started. "California has seen an uptick of COVID-19 cases, with the reasons ranging from national holidays to countrywide protests, a Sacramento area health expert said," according to KCRA. "Dr. Dean Blumberg, head of pediatric infectious diseases at the UC Davis Medical Center, said the spike in cases comes from a combination of sources, including activities on Mothers Day, Memorial Day, businesses reopening and protests to reopen the state."
With 1,419 cases on June 4th, the state is seeing an alarming rise in cases. "The number of new coronavirus cases reported in Florida each day has increased an average of roughly 46% over the past week," reports CNN. "But the percentage of coronavirus test results that turn out to be positive is only 4%." The state has seen a total of 2,712 deaths.
The state has 10,315 cases and 454 deaths total. Lexington is currently being hit hard. "COVID-19 is spreading 'rapidly' through the city, according to Kevin Hall, spokesman for the health department. He said the increased infections without new cases at the FMC are evidence that coronavirus is 'spreading throughout the entire city,'" according to Kentucky.com.
319 cases on June 5th was a daily high—and deaths are rising at 367. "Data from the New Mexico Health Department shows COVID-19 infections among health care workers in the state have spiked as intensive care units remain full and nurses and first responders call for more protective equipment," reports the AP.
With 1,370 cases on June 6th alone, and 969 deaths total, COVID-19 is rising big time in North Carolina. "I am concerned. COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing and stand at 739 statewide," said North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, according to ABC 11. "And the percent of tests that are positive is now among the highest in the nation."
Reaching a peak of 570 cases on one day—June 3rd—breaking a single day record, and with 837 deaths total, the recent trend line has been going up.
The daily high of 146 cases on June 7th was striking, with highs in April reaching no more than 100; now the state is seeing cases topping 100 for consecutive days. The state has had 159 deaths. "The state attributed the spike to multiple factors, including widespread testing, increased contact tracing and active monitoring of close contacts of confirmed cases," according to Oregon Live. "State officials said workplace outbreaks were also driving the increase."
With a daily high of 448 cases on June 5th, and 494 deaths total, South Carolina, like North, is seeing a record spread. "It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases in South Carolina and Georgia but what we know the states have increased cases and relaxed stay-at-home orders," according to WRDW. "Both are factors health officials say can lead to an increase in new cases."
"Tennessee COIVD-19 cases are still on the rise. According to state health officials, there have been 563 new cases identified since Sunday afternoon, and three additional deaths reported," reports WMC 5. "Tennessee Department of Health says the state's total number of cases is 26,944 with 421 deaths statewide."
The 1,940 cases on June 6th was a daily record and the state has seen 1,830 deaths total. "Texas reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Monday, as the governor plans to reopen more businesses and double capacity," reports NPR. "Texas Department of State Health Services figures show 1,935 people were admitted as hospital patients for coronavirus-related treatment. That is up from a previous record of 1,888 more than a month ago on May 5."
The 546 cases on June 5th proves cases are spiking, with the total death rate at 117. "We're always concerned with rises in cases….Whenever you have loosening of restrictions, then that's always kind of an inevitable thing that will happen, and more congregating," said Mary Hill, an epidemiologist with the Salt Lake County Health Department, told Deseret News.
A daily case spike of 485 on June 3rd has some worried, with some saying delayed reports may be the cause. Puerto Rico has had 138 deaths.
How to Stay Safe
With most states reopening, you'll need to stay extra-vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow the CDC guidelines and wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, wear a face covering and monitor your health.
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