New COVID Outbreaks 'Alarming' Americans
During a week in which President Trump vowed we were "turning a corner beautifully" on coronavirus, "Saturday saw 83,718 new cases, just 39 cases shy of the all-time record that was reported Friday," reports CNN. "We easily will hit six-figure numbers in terms of the number of cases," Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told the network Friday night. "And the deaths are going to go up precipitously in the next three to four weeks, following usually new cases by about two to three weeks." Read on to hear about the cities that will be most affected, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Among the bad news across the country:
New Jersey, once an epicenter of the virus along with New York, reported 1,994 additional new cases on Saturday—the biggest total since May. "We're still in the midst of a pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously," Murphy tweeted. "Wear a mask. Social distance…This virus has not gone away simply because we are tired of it," Murphy said.
Pennsylvania reached 2,043 new cases Saturday. "Daily increases are now comparable with what we saw in April 2020," the state health department said in a statement.
"Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health, said the data showed 'alarming increases' in new infections," reports CNN. "If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die," Khaldun said in a statement.
"New York reported more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the second time this week Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday," reports ABC7. "Also concerning, the number of hospitalizations eclipsed 1,000. That number has been slowly creeping up as health officials and authorities continue to work to combat several clusters across the state."
"A Wisconsin appeals court issued a temporary block on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' restrictions on indoor gatherings Friday, even as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state shattered records for the second day in a row," reports Fox News. "We will once again defend our limit on public gatherings and I'm once again asking folks to rise above tonight's ruling, stay home, and mask up so we can get through this weekend and this pandemic together," the governor tweeted. "This crisis is urgent, folks. Please stay home."
Cases are up in rural Minnesota; this isn't just a big city disease. "As the deadly virus rolls through the Midwest, case counts are surging in rural communities like never before. Once considered a more serious threat in urban areas, where social distancing and avoiding crowds can be more difficult, the virus is now hitting many small towns and hamlets that had previously dodged some of the worst of it," reports the Star Tribune. "The Minnesota Department of Health says the recent surge in coronavirus cases includes all parts of the state, but counties in Greater Minnesota are seeing a faster increase when new case counts are adjusted for population."
How to Avoid COVID-19
Overall, 35 states are seeing dramatic rises in cases and, in many, hospitalizations. As for yourself, no matter where you live, wear your face mask, avoid crowded, hang outdoors more than indoor, practice good hand hygiene, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.