Experts Warn These 21 States Have "Alarming" Spike in COVID
The coronavirus pandemic is not over; in fact, in 21 states, cases are spiking up. "The concern is that throughout the country, there are a number of state, city, regions that are pulling back on some of the mitigation methods that we've been talking about: the withdrawal of mask mandates, the pulling back to essentially non-public health measures being implemented," Dr. Anthony Fauci said last week. "It's alarming," adds Dr. Leo Nissola, a COVID-19 researcher at the National Convalescence Plasma Project. Infections are rising in the following states. Read on to see if yours is on the list—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Some areas in Connecticut are still worrisome: "As of yesterday, Thursday the 18th of March, Brookfield remains in the Red Zone. In the last two weeks reported we have had 66 new cases of the virus in Brookfield. This up from last week's total of 53," reports Patch. "Cases last week were 35, up from the 31 reported for the prior week. The rate per 100K residents is 27.7, up from 22.3 last week. The positivity rate for Brookfield is now 4.6%, up from 3.6% last week. Trends had been moving down for nine weeks until this week."
"The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed more cases of the contagious UK and South African COVID-19 variant on Friday, March 19. The announcement comes as Hawaii has welcomed over 120,000 trans-Pacific travelers in the last week," reports KHON2. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials advised Americans not to travel over spring break as the country tries to stop the variants from spreading."
"After a year into the coronavirus pandemic, different regions of the Gem State are facing separate realities. Some areas are seeing the number of new cases plateau or decline, but Eastern Idaho is dealing with another surge in cases, leaving hospitals feeling the squeeze," reports KTVB. Quoting a recent ranking, "When it comes to the newest cases relative to population, Idaho Falls was at the top of the list with %55.9 daily cases per 1,000 people. Rexburg, Idaho came in at number three in the nation."
"Another 12 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus during the past day. The most recent victims included two people from Cook County, including a man in his 60s," according to Block Club Chicago. "At least 21,034 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,270 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state."
"Maine's cumulative COVID-19 cases rose to 48,292 on Saturday. Of those, 37,310 have been confirmed by testing and 10,982 are considered probable cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average of new daily cases rose to 205.1 on Saturday," reports the Press Herald. "Seven hundred twenty-eight people have died with COVID-19 since the pandemic began in Maine."
"The Maryland Department of Health released updated coronavirus numbers Sunday morning. As of 10 a.m., there are 400,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, 1,007 cases have been reported in Maryland in 24 hours," reports Fox Baltimore. "The statewide positivity rate is now 4.4%, up by 0.13% since Saturday morning; 12 deaths have been reported in one day pushing the state's death toll to 7,985. There are 185 probable deaths due to COVID-19."
"There have been 669 new COVID-19 cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last week, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education," reports CBS Boston. "That's 146 more total cases than the previous week, an increase of nearly 22-percent."
"Over the last week, more than a dozen states have seen increases in their daily case averages. Parts of the upper Midwest have been exhibiting particularly concerning trends, including in Michigan, where cases have been on the rise since late February," reports ABC News. "Experts and officials fear that a combination of loosening restrictions and spread of the U.K. variant might be causing the rise in Michigan — a potentially troubling sign for other areas as mass vaccination rolls out."
"COVID-19 case growth continues to creep up again in the Northland. On Friday, state health officials reported that another 80 Northland residents have tested positive for COVID-19," reports the Duluth News Tribune. "Ten of those people live in Wisconsin's Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties. The state of Minnesota reported nine new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday. None of those people lived in Northeastern Minnesota. Three of those people lived in a long-term care or assisted-living facility and one was in their late 40s."
These stats from a few weeks back are concerning: "Missouri's 7-day average of COVID cases has ticked upward after several months of steady decline," according to Fox2Now. "According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 483,183 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 451 positive cases—and 8,310 total deaths as of Saturday, March 13, an increase of 3 over yesterday. That's a case-fatality rate of 1.72%."
"Montana reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and at least five more deaths due to the virus," says the Billings Gazette. "The number of confirmed active cases in the state was at 1,015, according to the latest update to the state's virus mapping and tracking website. Although more than 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the state, the death toll in Montana has reached 1,414 people since the start of the pandemic."
"The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Sunday rose by 9 and state health officials announced a decrease in active cases in New Hampshire," reports WMUR. "No new deaths were announced by health officials. The statewide death toll remained at 1,217."
"New Jersey on Sunday reported another 2,599 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 40 additional confirmed deaths as the overall number of new cases in the state continues to climb," reports NJ.com. "Gov. Phil Murphy said as recently as Friday the state had "definitely plateaued" when it came to fighting back the second wave of the pandemic. But recent numbers show that's not the case. Instead, daily COVID-19 cases are climbing."
New York has a COVID variant first discovered in the city. Now it has more: "New York has its first case of a contagious coronavirus variant first found in Brazil, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a statement Saturday," NBC News. "The patient with the P.1 variant was identified at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, the governor's office said. The patient is a Brooklyn woman in her 90s 'with no travel history,' according to the statement."
"49 new cases of COVID-19 is being reported by the North Dakota Department of Health on Sunday along with 1 new death," reports Valley News Live. "1,461 have died in the state since the pandemic began. The daily positivity rate is at 7.26%. There are 726 total active cases in the state with 18 patients hospitalized."
"The latest covid-19 spike that health officials have been warning about appears to have arrived in Pennsylvania," reports Trib Live. "On Saturday, the state posted 4,213 new covid cases, the highest single-day tally since Feb. 7 (4,717). Over the past week, the seven-day average of new cases (2,888) has risen more than 16%. Cases have not risen that rapidly since early January."
"Nineteen cases of the so-called U.K. coronavirus variant have been identified in Rhode Island since it was first detected a month ago, according to new data from the R.I. Department of Health," says WPRI. "Experts have said that variant, labeled B.1.1.7, could end up becoming the dominant strain in the United States."
"The number of new daily coronavirus cases has increased in Maryland and Virginia since early March, a trend public health experts say is unsurprising given local leaders' decisions to loosen restrictions and the greater infectiousness of virus variants," according to the Washington Post. "The daily case count in Virginia increased 9 percent from March 12 to Friday, according to The Washington Post's tracker, and cases increased 10.6 percent in Maryland during that same time. The trends arose as both Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) eased several virus restrictions."
"Covid cases are up in King County, 18% above where they were two weeks ago," reports KUOW. "Public health officials suspect the increase is due to people socializing more as the end of the winter surge and the availability of vaccines lead to optimism. Also, the presence of more contagious variants make all interactions riskier."
"West Virginia is experiencing a spike in active COVID-19 cases," reports 13 News. "As of Sunday, March 21, The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources report 348 new active COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 137,826. Of this number, 5,514 are considered active cases; this is an increase of 115 cases. The spike began on Thursday, March 16, with 5,207 active cases reported."
Alabama is on this list but there may be a catch: "Alabama saw an overnight 50 percent increase in COVID-19 cases earlier this week," reports Alabama Public Radio. "The reason may be over 4,000 backlogged cases dating from October of last year. The cases were reported last Monday."
How to Stay Safe No Matter Where You Live
Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, 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, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to get through this pandemic without catching coronavirus, don't miss this essential list: Things You Should Never Do Before Your Vaccine.