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This is Where COVID Will Surge Next, Virus Expert Warns

As cases go down nationwide, some starters are in better shape than others.
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Coronavirus cases are finally going in the right direction—down—as hospitalizations and deaths from the Delta surge also fall. However, now is not the time to let your guard down, experts warn. "We have a lot of human wood yet for this Coronavirus forest fire to burn," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, the noted virus expert, on his podcast. "So let's just start at that point right now, this surge we're seeing that is subsiding generally across the country: This is not the last of this virus in this country." He mentioned a few states where COVID is burning worse than others. Read on to see which states made the list—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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Minnesota is Rationing Care

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Osterholm's own state is on fire. "While Minnesota's current COVID-19 wave shows some signs of flattening, hospitalizations continue to rise to worrisome levels — a reality that left Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm exasperated Friday after visiting a suburban Minneapolis care center," reports MPR. "The state is again at a 'critical point' in the pandemic, she said, adding that it was heartbreaking 'knowing this is all preventable by us, by the people of Minnesota and the individual decisions we make and the community decisions we make.' With hospital needs rising for COVID-19 and other patients, 'capacity is so tight it means care is threatened for heart attacks, strokes, traumas,' she told reporters outside North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale."

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Alaska is in Crisis

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"Alaska's Covid-19 cases are slightly increasing again," reports the Daily News-Miner. "This week the state has seen 14% more cases than last week, according to the Department of Health and Social Services. Mirroring the state trend, weekly cases in the Fairbanks North Star Borough dropped after Sept. 30 but have been teetering on the brink of up since." "We were hoping to kind of see more of a downward trend, but it's a little bit more of a flat trend across the state of Alaska," State Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink said Thursday. "We still have work to do to push those numbers down."

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Colorado is in the "Throes of a Surge" With More Hospitalizations

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Osterholm said Colorado was in the throes of a surge with cases up 37%. "Colorado's COVID-19 hospitalizations are higher than they've been at any time since we bid 2020 a less-than-fond farewell — and about 90% of intensive-care beds in the state are full," reports the Denver Post. "As of Friday afternoon, 983 people were hospitalized across the state with confirmed cases of COVID-19, which was the highest number since Dec. 31. At the peak of the deadly winter wave on Dec. 2, there were 1,841 people hospitalized with confirmed cases. Scott Bookman, the state's COVID-19 incident commander, asked anyone who is eligible and hasn't gotten vaccinated to get the COVID-19 and seasonal flu shots, to reduce strain on hospitals."

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Michigan is in Trouble Again

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Michigan has had a 26% increase. "Michigan's COVID-19 infection numbers have been trending upward for more than 13 weeks amid concerns over the highly contagious delta variant," reports the Detroit News. "The state has added 26,105 cases and 250 deaths since Saturday. Last week, the state has added 24,791 cases and 237 deaths. That's up from mid-September, when the state added 18,313 cases and 159 deaths from the virus in a week." 

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New Hampshire Has Cases Rising

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"COVID cases are continuing their rise as New Hampshire heads deeper into the fall," reports the Sentinel Source. "As of now, unlike the rest of the country, we are not seeing a dip in our numbers in New Hampshire," Dr. Aalok Khole, an infectious disease specialist at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, told the website. "Locally, we see the case counts going up too." "The rate of new cases statewide has gone up steadily since about mid-July, when the seven-day average dropped below 30. And despite some fluctuations over the past month, that upward trend has continued."

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Maine Hospitalizations Edged Higher

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"The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday reported 542 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths as vaccine eligibility appeared likely to expand to young children in the next few weeks. The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Maine edged higher," reports the Press Herald. "Maine's cumulative COVID-19 cases rose to 97,725 on Saturday. Of those, 69,647 have been confirmed by testing and 28,078 are considered probable cases of COVID-19. Saturday's case numbers brought the seven-day average of new daily cases to 396.7, and the 14-day average to 446.9." 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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more