The Deadly Coronavirus Will Next Spread Here in America
During the country's reopening process, experts warned that although cases of coronavirus were declining, the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic could possibly be ahead—especially if people returned to life as normal. Unfortunately, many opted not to listen and new, larger outbreaks began erupting everywhere from strip clubs and bars to religious services and family reunions. While the country's initial coronavirus hotspots were located on the East Coast in places like New York and Connecticut and also in the West, this current surge is becoming particularly worrisome in another part of the country: the Midwest.
Outbreaks in the Midwest
Minnesota, for example, has reached its highest daily totals since May after cases have been trending upward for several weeks. MPR News reports that the state has experienced two days of increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations over the weekend.
According to the state, the Twin Cities suburbs are experiencing the worst of it. In mid-June, the five suburban counties of Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Scott and Carver, were averaging about 70 new cases per day. Over the past week, that average has increased 90 percent—up to 132 new cases per day. Currently there are 1,500 more active cases in the state then there were in mid-June.
The New York Times reports that cases have been trending upward in every midwestern state—including Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin—except South Dakota.
The South is Still Hurting
The other part of the country experiencing a major surge of the virus is the South. Florida has reported 15,000 new cases—the highest single-day total of any state since the start of the pandemic. In Miami, 6 hospitals are at capacity. In Miami-Dade County there has been a major increase in the number of Covid-19 patients being hospitalized (65%), in the number of ICU beds being used (67%) and in the use of ventilators (129%).
As for yourself, to stay healthy during these dangerous times, use best practices to keep yourself and others safe. Wash your hands frequently, wear a face mask, avoid crowds, social distance, only run essential errands, monitor your health and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.