If You Live Here, COVID is Spreading Fast, Experts Warn
The coronavirus, with its Delta variant, is stalking through the country, as surges are hospitalizing mainly unvaccinated people—with some vaccinated folks catching it, too, albeit with usually, thankfully less severe symptoms. Where is COVID rising fastest across the USA? Read on to see which areas are in the most trouble right now, according to experts—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
COVID May "Sweep Through" the Northeast, Including New England
"I think this Delta wave is probably the last major surge of SARS-CoV-2 infection that we have in the U.S., barring something unexpected happening," said Scott Gottlieb, author of Uncontrolled Spread, to Reuters. However, he added: "I still think that Delta is going to sweep through the Northeast," he said. For example, says Newsweek: "According to statistics from AP, although 'full vaccination rates across the six New England states range from a high of 69.4 percent in Vermont to 61.5 percent in New Hampshire"—higher than the U.S. average, 55.5 percent—parts of New England "are seeing record case counts, hospitalizations and deaths that rival pre-vaccine peaks.'"
Michigan Cases Leapt
"New coronavirus cases leaped in Michigan in the week ending Sunday, rising 16.3% as 26,768 cases were reported. The previous week had 23,008 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19," reports Hometown Life. "Michigan ranked 22nd among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 10.3% from the week before, with 751,187 cases reported. With 3% of the country's population, Michigan had 3.56% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 14 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before."
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North Dakota Hospitals are At "Critical Capacity"
"North Dakota's active COVID-19 cases pushed back above 4,000 on Tuesday, Oct. 5, as virus hospitalizations continue to hold near their highest point since last December," reports the Grand Forks Herald. "The state's six largest health care centers have struggled to accommodate the demands of smaller rural facilities in recent weeks, as rising delta hospitalizations, noncoronavirus admissions and staffing shortages have converged to push hospitals to critical capacity. Last week, Gov. Doug Burgum and top North Dakota doctors urged residents to make healthy decisions to avoid putting additional strain on the state's already struggling hospital system."
Alaska is Rationing Health Care
"There was one bed coming available in the intensive care unit in Alaska's largest hospital. It was the middle of the night, and the hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, had been hit with a deluge of coronavirus patients," reports the New York Times. "Doctors now had a choice to make: Several more patients at the hospital, most of them with Covid-19, were in line to take that last I.C.U. spot. But there was also someone from one of the state's isolated rural communities who needed to be flown in for emergency surgery. Who should get the final bed?" One doctor told the paper: "We are taxed to a point of making decisions of who will and who will not live."
Minnesota ICUs are Under Pressure
"COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 847 on Monday in Minnesota, which is seeing a rising toll from a delta variant wave of the coronavirus that is falling in other hard-hit states," reports the Star Tribune. "While the latest count of COVID-19 patients is below the record 1,864 in late November, it is the highest total in Minnesota since Jan. 1 — when limited vaccine was just starting to be distributed to health care workers and long-term care facility residents. Health system leaders urged unvaccinated Minnesotans to seek their shots — both against COVID-19 and upcoming seasonal influenza — to take the pressure off hospitals that are being whipsawed by the pandemic and patients with other urgent medical needs. Nearly 95% of Minnesota's intensive care beds were occupied Monday by patients with COVID-19 or unrelated medical issues." No matter where you live, get vaccinated, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.