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Dr. Fauci Warns These States of COVID "Risk"

“It’s still a risk that, as you get more surging, they’re going to run out of capacity,” he says.
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Coronavirus cases are rising, with experts and politicians debating the reasons why, but one number should bring chills to folks on either side of the aisle: a diminishing amount of hospital beds in some hard hit counties. In an interview with the Washington Post, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations top infectious disease expert, said certain states "never had a pretty good reserve of intensive care beds and things like that. I hope they'll be okay, but it's still a risk that, as you get more surging, they're going to run out of capacity," Fauci said. Read on to see which states are in trouble, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

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North Dakota

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Health officials in North Dakota indicated only 200 regular beds and 20 in intensive care units were vacant, because of a rise in hospitalizations. The New York Times put a human face on the toll: "When she died of Covid-19 on Oct. 6, Elvia Ramirez was only 17 and had started her senior year at Parshall High School on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Elvia intended to marry her long-term boyfriend and had hopes of attending college. She had promised to take some of her younger siblings to Disneyland one day," they reported Sunday. "Instead, she became the youngest person in the state to die of the virus so far."

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South Dakota

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"The percentage of tests for Covid-19 coming back positive in South Dakota has soared to 46%. That's more than eight times the World Health Organization's recommended 5% threshold for businesses to be open," reports the Wall Street Journal. "As Covid cases surge across the U.S. and in Europe, South Dakota and North Dakota hold a distinct position: Each has more new virus cases per capita than any other states have seen since the pandemic began. South Dakota has the most and North Dakota the second-most." 

Some hospitals are short-staffed as a result. "Nearly one in five patients in North Dakota hospitals has COVID-19, the largest share of such patients in the nation. South Dakota has the second highest share of hospitalized coronavirus patients," reports USA Today.

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Utah

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"As Utah set another daily record with 2,292 new COVID-19 cases and state officials sent a cellphone alert to residents about the rapid spread, an infectious disease expert bluntly warned: 'We are failing to control the epidemic,'" reports the Salt Lake Tribune. "The numbers don't lie," said Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, a physician with Intermountain Healthcare, according to the paper. "Not only are our cases going up, but our test positivity rate also is going up … indicating there's widespread community transmission." Hospitalizations and deaths are rising, too. "This is irrefutable evidence that this isn't just an increase in testing. This is widespread community spread, resulting in pain, suffering and death," Stenehjem said.

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Nevada

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"Almost eight months into this public health crisis, Nevada has surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases in our State and we have lost almost 1,800 fellow Nevadans to this virus. We are not rounding the corner in this pandemic," said Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. "Now is not the time to get complacent or to give into COVID fatigue. Especially on Nevada Day, I implore all residents to tap into their Battle Born spirit and work together to follow the public health measures, including wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, avoiding large crowds and washing our hands frequently."

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How to Avoid COVID-19 Where You Live

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As for yourself, no matter where you live, do as Gov. Sisolak advised: wear a face mask, practice social distancing, avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.