Dr. Fauci's Worst Case Scenario Just Came True for America
It was a little over four months ago when Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and nation's top infectious disease expert, made a dire prediction: "We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day," he told a Senate panel on June 30. "I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned."
Yesterday, daily cases broke the record of more than 100,000 in a day. "The United States recorded 102,831 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University," reports CNN. "It marked the first time the country's daily new cases reached six figures—and is the highest single-day jump in infections since the pandemic began. The US also recorded 1,097 more coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday." Read on to see which states are driving numbers up, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The rising cases are resulting in rising hospitalizations. The following states broke hospitalization records this week, with some fearing staff and facilities will be overloaded:
October was the deadliest month for Missouri, with 618 COVID-related fatalities, and with 1,604 people hospitalized on Wednesday, the state has now broken its hospitalization record. All ages are feeling the effect. "A 13-year-old boy in Missouri has died from complications related to the novel coronavirus, according to a local report and a GoFundMe created on his family's behalf," reports Fox News. "Peyton Baumgarth, an eighth-grader at Washington Middle School in St. Louis, died on Saturday from complications related to COVID-19, his family said. The teen is now the youngest victim of the deadly virus in the state, according to local news station KMOV-4."
"Oklahoma hospitalization data has one of the state's top health officials calling for a statewide mask mandate to try to stem the flood of COVID-19 patients into Oklahoma healthcare system," reports Oklahoma News 4. "Today, Oklahoma set its new pandemic record for hospitalizations with 1,026 coronavirus patients. It has the head of the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) worried and calling for action by state officials." "This is a statewide hospital crisis," said Dr. George Monks.
"White House Coronavirus Task Force officials used urgent wording in guidance issued to state officials in Iowa as the spread of the virus continues to worsen, according to a new weekly report," reports KCRG. "The document, which was released to all 50 states on Sunday, November 1, and obtained by ABC News, painted a bleak picture as key metrics such as newly-detected cases, test positivity rate, and the number of tests conducted continued to trend in the wrong direction during the week of October 24 to October 31."
"Indiana's newly reported COVID-19 cases have risen to their highest single-day level of the pandemic, state health officials said Wednesday as the number of coronavirus patients being treated at Indiana hospitals also climbed to a new high," reports WLFI. One coronavirus-infected student in Indiana died in her dorm room while quarantining, according to her family. "Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb was scheduled to take part in a Wednesday afternoon briefing on the pandemic. He has resisted calls for reinstating coronavirus restrictions since lifting nearly all limits in late September, just as Indiana started recording sharp increases in hospitalizations, deaths and new infections."
"More Nebraskans are ending up hospitalized because of COVID-19, according to data released by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services," reports 1011 Now. "As of Friday, October 30, there was a record of 584 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nebraska. The total has jumped 157 since Monday when the state was at 427 patients, or an increase of 37%. In fact, Nebraska set hospitalization records on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week."
All numbers are going in the wrong direction in North Dakota. In a gruesome turn of events, "Republican David Andahl, who died from Covid-19 in October, won his election to the North Dakota state legislature on Tuesday," reports NBC News, "Andahl, a 'Trump Republican' according to the Grand Forks Herald, ran a primary challenge against a powerful Republican and won earlier this year. He was then endorsed by influential figures like Gov. Doug Burgum, who won re-election on Tuesday."
"New Mexico reported a record 1,141 new cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, with 97 infections in Santa Fe County, also a single-day high," reports the Santa Fe New Mexican. "Hospitalizations in the state for treatment of COVID-19 also reached a record high Tuesday. Health officials said 401 people were being treated in hospitals throughout the state. Still, the state's hospital beds had not yet reached capacity; 76 percent of general hospital beds and 67 percent of intensive care beds were occupied, officials said." As for yourself, no matter where you live, protect yourself: Wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.