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Expert Warns These States Have Virus Wave Now

"Other parts of the country are still at about a hundred cases per a hundred thousand people per day…"
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Where are we at in this pandemic? "We're still tragically in this fight," said former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Face the Nation yesterday. "When you look across the country right now, you see the cases declining very quickly, all across the country in almost every state. If you look week over week, cases have declined sharply. So we're a good part of the way through this Omicron wave. If you look at places like New York, New Jersey, Maryland, cases are down to about 20 to 30 cases per hundred thousand people per day, which is a low level. That's about where we were before the Delta surge. Other parts of the country are still at about a hundred cases per a hundred thousand people per day, 140….So some parts of the country still are in the thick of the Omicron wave—coming down, but still in the thick of it." Which ones did Gottlieb mention? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA downtown as viewed from the Capitol Building grounds.

Some good signs ahead: "North Carolina does have the highest rate of vaccinations for our youngest population as compared to other southeastern states,"  Dr. Betsey Tilson with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said. "North Carolina state health officials haven't required masks in schools, instead allowing districts to make their own policies, with many relying on the state's Strong Schools NC Toolkit to make those decisions," reports WCNC. "If they're still in high or substantial transmission, our recommendation is to have universal face covering," Dr. Betsey Tilson with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said. "Once they drop below substantial, then they can consider moving to optional."


South Carolina

Historical downtown area of Charleston, South Carolina, USA at twilight.

Cases are going down here slowly but experts warn caution still. "We are guaranteed to have another variant surge," Melissa Nolan, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, told USA TODAY. "While the current vaccines and boosters worked for omicron, they are less likely to work against future variants."



LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA - MAY 15 2016: Entrance to Churchill Downs featuring a statue of 2006 Kentucky Derby Champion Barbaro.

In Henderson, Kentucky, "With the number of new COVID-19 cases in the region showing a continued decline, health officials are warning to stay cautious as incidence rates are still 'extremely high,'" reports the Gleaner. "Friday's report from the Green River District Health Department counted 1,437 new cases and nine COVID-related deaths in the seven-county district. The seven-day average for new cases is now 475 per day, showing an overall decline in case numbers over the last week. In the GRDHD's previous report that number was 656. Last Friday it was 813.7."



oklahoma city skyline
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"There are just over 2,600 new COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 2,614 new COVID cases Saturday. Oklahoma has had 995,546 COVID cases since the pandemic began in March 2020. The current seven-day average for new cases is 4,556….There were 2,007 Oklahomans hospitalized with COVID-19 on average over the past three days. Authorities also noted that there were 82 pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 included in that number. The three day average reported on Friday was 1,994 hospitalizations, including 80 pediatric," reports KFOR.


How to Stay Safe Out There

Nurse gives students a vaccination in school during coronavirus pandemic

Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, 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.

Alek Korab
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