These 7 States Have "Worst" COVID Surges Now
If you think the coronavirus pandemic is over, think again. "Twenty-four states have seen at least a 5 percent increase in cases over the past two weeks," reports the The Washington Post. Some of them have hospitals overwhelmed. And with millions and millions of Americans still unvaccinated, there is far too much, in the words of virus expert Michael Osterholm, "human wood" for the virus to burn through. Read on to see which states are seeing the most alarming surge in new cases——and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
"Coronavirus cases are surging faster in New Mexico than in any other state, despite its relatively high vaccination rate, and some hospitals there are overwhelmed. After a quiet spring and summer on the coronavirus front, the past couple of months have been difficult for the state as cases rose rapidly, plateaued and are now rising again," reports the New York Times. "New daily cases per person are up 48 percent over the past two weeks, compared with a 6 percent increase nationwide, according to a New York Times database. Neighboring Colorado, which is facing its own surge, activated crisis care standards on Tuesday; that allows the National Guard to support overwhelmed hospitals and allow medical facilities to move staff around."
"A day after warning that COVID-19 case numbers are among the highest seen this year, Minnesota health officials reported 7,173 additional cases and 20 more deaths," reports CBS. "The Tuesday update from the Minnesota Department of Health contains data from over the weekend and is current as of Monday morning. There have now been 826,404 total positive cases recorded in the state since the pandemic began, with over 8,800 of those cases being reinfections. Meanwhile, the positivity rate in Minnesota continues to spike and the latest figure stands at 9.1%, which is nearing the state's 'high risk' threshold at 10%. The state's case growth and hospitalization rate are also on an upward trend."
"The number of active COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire is now at its highest level since January, before vaccines were widely available," says WMUR. "According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, there are now 5,164 current COVID-19 cases, the highest total since Jan. 29. New Hampshire health officials reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, including 906 for Saturday, the highest single-day total since Jan. 14."
"Unlike the rest of the country, Michigan's numbers are continuing to slowly rise, as documented by state data. At least one model suggests that we will continue to see a slow rise in cases until a peak in December that may rival the last surge of patients seen in the spring of 2021," wrote Dr. Brad Uren, who said hospitals are slammed. "We should do everything we can to avoid returning to those times earlier in the pandemic when the state's entire healthcare system was under strain, and could not provide important care to all patients due to the rising COVID cases. While the numbers of patients currently admitted for COVID are a small portion of a hospital's capacity, it represents a portion of hospital resources that would be available for other patients if circumstances were different."
"Colorado's setback is not an outlier on the national landscape. The late summer and early autumn easing of the nation's burden of new coronavirus infections has come to a halt over the past two weeks, according to health department data analyzed by the Washington Post. Dramatic drops in caseloads in the Deep South, including the high-population states of Florida and Texas, have been offset by increases in the Mountain West and the northern tier of the country," reports the Washington Post.
"Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday that with COVID-19 hospitalizations back up, Nebraska would again resume updating its hospital capacity data dashboard daily but likely would not issue another DHM," reports KSN. "Our hospitalizations have been up around 400 or so, which is kinda the threshold to hit the 10% level we've talked about throughout the course of the pandemic, and that's the threshold where we start doing the daily data," Ricketts said.
"As Vermont reports higher than ever COVID-19 case rates, state health officials have been trying to understand why," reports the Burlington Free Press. "How can a state that did so well during the first part of the pandemic — even garnering national recognition — be doing so much worse now?" "There is not one simple answer," said Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine during a news conference Tuesday. "But, there are clearly factors that have come together to create the situation that we're in now."
What's Next for Our Country
Is another surge coming to even more states? "The answer to that question is that depends entirely on what we do, because it is within our grasp to prevent that from happening one, get the 62 million people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, who are eligible to be vaccinated, get them vaccinated to now that we have the ability and the go-ahead to vaccinate the 28 million children from five to 11, get them vaccinated," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "If you are eligible for a booster shot, then get you a booster shot. Because if you were vaccinated six or more months ago, your immunity is naturally beginning to wane. And you want to optimize your immunity. You want to optimize your protection, and you can do that with a booster, because we know that when you boost someone who has been fully vaccinated, they have an extraordinarily good, robust increase in their protection….So we're vulnerable to get a surge unless we get more people vaccinated." So 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.
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