Coronavirus cases are rising in some states, in a race between the variants and the vaccines. "We do know the variant is present, it is more transmissible, which makes those mitigation measures even more important," says Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where cases have jumped a whopping 50%. They are not alone in seeing a climb. Read on to see if your state is a new hotspot—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Michigan Has the Highest Increase in the Country
This state has had by far the worst increases. "Nearly 2.5 million Michiganders now have at least one COVID shot, but the state continues to see rising cases showing the pandemic is not yet over," reports WXYZ. "Hospitalizations have also increased 50% since last week, mainly in the 50-59 age range. Why the sudden surge is happening is not entirely clear." "We don't know," said Hertel. "Our assumption is that many if not most of these are the variant which we know is significantly more transmissible."
New Jersey Cases are Rising Again
"COVID-19 cases in New Jersey are rising again, and Governor Phil Murphy is urging residents to continue wearing masks and social distance while the state ramps up its vaccination efforts," reports Gothamist. "Over the last week, the state has averaged about 4,100 cases a day, a trend that some public health experts say could be an early sign of a coming third wave."
Massachusetts Towns at Risk Have Doubled
"The number of Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for COVID-19 transmission has more than doubled in the past two weeks, rising to 32 this week from a low of 14 as officials sound alarms about local outbreaks," reports the Boston Herald. The state's metrics are "certainly leveling and not leveling in a good way, because we're leveling at a rate that's higher than we would like to be at," Tufts Medical Center epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron told NBC 10.
Georgia Has Gotten Worst in Hospitalizations and Deaths
"There's good news and bad news," reports 11 Alive. "Georgia is seeing fewer people testing positive for COVID-19. However, a recent White House COVID-19 report shows the state has gotten worse in the two most serious categories of the virus: hospitalizations and deaths. In the report dated March 19, Georgia is now second-highest for new hospital admissions and 10th highest for new deaths. In the same categories in the previous report, Georgia was ranked fourth and 14th in comparison to other states. The White House report rankings are decided by looking at (confirmed and suspected) hospitalizations per 100 beds and deaths per 100,000."
Philadelphia Now Has Had More Than a Million Cases
"Pennsylvania reported more than 4,000 cases for the first time in a month, the most infections in a single day since the beginning of February," reports the Inquirer. "Pennsylvania has now had more than 1 million COVID-19 cases since the state's first were reported on March 6, 2020. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 3,623 new cases statewide on Thursday, bringing the total to 1,000,240," reports StateCollege. 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 protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.