These 21 States Need to Lockdown Now, Says Report
A new federal report lists 21 states that are coronavirus "red zones" and they "were designated as such because they had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week," reports the New York Times. "The report, which was dated July 26, recommended that more restrictions be put in place in 'red zone' states. But on Monday, a day later, President Trump called for more states to reopen." Here's a list of the states that the report says needs more restrictions. Click through to see if your state is a "red zone."
"Some elected officials fear another coronavirus-induced lockdown seems inevitable as the Charlotte region struggles to regain control of steadily rising case tallies and hospitalizations," reports the Charlotte Observer. "I feel like we're just sitting here watching a train come toward us, and we're just sitting on the track," Commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell told the paper. "And we're like, 'Oh, maybe it will stop before it hits me, and maybe it won't.' It's just a really weird feeling."
Idaho has had its numbers rising starkly in recent days, with a total of 18,836 cases and 159 deaths. One of them was Samantha Hickey, age 45, a nurse at St. Luke's. "Samantha's death is a heartbreaking consequence of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic," said her employer. "As a life-long learner and community-minded caregiver, Samantha's husband and four children say she wanted to make a difference. They believe she would want her death not to be in vain, but to serve as a stark reminder that people must do whatever they can to protect themselves and others and take this pandemic seriously."
"An Arkansas county saw its coronavirus numbers go up nearly 200% last week as the state grapples with record-breaking infection rates amid shortening testing supplies, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency data," reports ABC News. "Hot Spring County, Arkansas saw a 198% increase in infections last week with 145 new cases being reported." The state has 40,181 cases and 428 deaths.
"If we don't do something, we're going to go off the cliff …," warned Judy Smith, district administrator for the Alabama Department of Public Health, according to AL.com. The state has had a total of 82,366 cases and 1,491 deaths.
With 156,000 total cases and 3,435 deaths, "Georgia reopened in a reckless manner and the people of our city and state are suffering the consequences," claimed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has tested positive for coronavirus.
"Groups representing thousands of Iowa physicians and other medical professionals urged Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday to require mask-wearing to help rein in the coronavirus and the deadly disease it causes," reports the Des Moines Register. "Consistent, widespread use of cloth masks in public settings will dramatically slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," the Iowa Medical Society and 14 other health-professional groups said Monday in a letter to the governor.
"The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 1,089 new coronavirus cases across the state, bringing the total cumulative number of the state's positive cases to 33,775," reports KOCO.
Texas has seen its COVID-19 death toll rise by more than 100 percent at one point. "A San Antonio doctor said one of her hospital's patients, a 30-year-old man, died after attending a so-called 'COVID party'—a bizarre trend where young people intentionally get together with someone who's infected," reports ABC 7. "Dr. Jane Appleby, chief medical officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children's Hospital, said the patient thought the coronavirus pandemic was a hoax. 'He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldn't get affected … One of the things that was heart-wrenching that he said to his nurse was, "I think I made a mistake."'"
"Nevada recorded 1,105 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths over the preceding day, according to state data posted Tuesday… pushing the state's case total to 44,936 and raising the death toll to 759," reports Review-Journal. "Nevada's inclusion on the coronavirus 'red zone' in the task force document suggests that the state should revert to more stringent protective measures, some of which are already in place in the state."
"Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, issued an executive order mandating the use of face masks or coverings in public in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state," reports Fox News. "This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy," Kelly said in a statement. "Wearing a mask is not only safe—but it is necessary to avoid another shutdown."
The state has 166,000 cases and 3,418 deaths. In an obituary that went viral, Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father, Mark Urquiza, to COVID-19, blamed President Trump and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for her loss, because of their mixed messages about the virus, and invited the latter to the funeral. "The reason why I reached out and invited him to my dad's funeral was to help show him the devastation of his decisions and his leadership," said Kristin, according to Fox 10.
"Florida reported another record one-day rise in coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, and cases in Texas passed the 400,000 mark, fueling fear that the United States is still not taking control of the outbreak and adding pressure on Congress to pass another massive economic aid package," reports the Guardian. "Public health experts are becoming concerned about the levels of infection in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, while the surge in Florida along with Texas, Arizona and California this month has strained many hospitals."
"Weeks after California Governor Gavin Newsom identified Imperial County as the state's hardest-hit region, he announced at his daily news conference that the state's Central Valley was the new major area of concern," reports Deadline. "While the 14-day average rate of positive tests statewide is 7.5 percent, that rate in the Central Valley ranges between 10.7 and 17.7 percent. Essential workers at farms, manufacturing and prisons there have been hit especially hard."
After South Carolina reported about 100 deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend, epidemiologists fear the increased number of deaths will continue," reports WRDW. "While officials have said deaths are often reported days or weeks after they occur, 'I think we can anticipate that the worst is still yet to come,' said chair of the University of South Carolina Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department."
"The state's seven-day average of new cases reached a new high of 1,381, and it's been over 1,000 since July 20. South Mississippi's seven-day average is also at an all-time high at 168," reports the Sun Herald.
"Tennessee stands at the cusp at being able to significantly decrease new cases of the coronavirus and must take stronger steps to prevent its spread, warned White House COVID-19 task force leader Deborah Birx, who met with state and local health leaders Monday in Nashville," reports CBS. "Birx recently identified Nashville as one of 11 cities with a surge in coronavirus cases that need aggressive action while noting that many of the state's rural areas have seen a worrisome outbreak."
The governor has issued a statewide mandate to wear face masks as the COVID-19 death rate jumps more than 20% in the last four months. "While I had hoped to avoid going backwards on restrictions, it is obvious that it is necessary to slow the spread of infection in our state, as COVID-19 has spread to every corner, at a level higher than we have previously seen. This is why I am now mandating face coverings statewide and also closing all bars in Louisiana to on-premises consumption, in addition to putting in limits on the size of indoor gatherings," Gov. John Bel Edwards said.
"For the past week, Utah's hospital beds have been occupied by more coronavirus patients than at any time since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 211 patients hospitalized concurrently as of Tuesday, for a seven-day average of 209 — a new weeklong record. And the Utah Department of Health announced 42 new hospital admissions, one of the biggest daily increases so far." reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
"The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force leader says St. Louis County took the right steps by putting new guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this afternoon's briefing, task force leader Dr. Alex Garza named six area zip codes that he says are hot spots for the virus," reports Fox 2. "Dr. Garza says Wentzville, O'Fallon, Mo. and St. Peters all saw a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in a week's time. He also noted there were 65 new cases in Florissant and mentioned Kirkwood and Shrewsbury were problem areas too. St. Louis County as a whole saw 523 new cases yesterday."
"The North Dakota Department of Health Tuesday morning released a bevy of bad news in its daily COVID-19 update," reports KXNet:
- "A woman in her 20s has died from COVID-19, the youngest death yet in the state
- Deaths have now hit the 100 mark
- Total positives since testing began have passed the 6,000 mark
- Active COVID-19 cases remain at a record high level above 1,000
- Every county in the state has now reported COVID-19 positives."
"Wisconsin's recent surge in new COVID-19 cases showed signs of slowing Monday based on new data from state health officials," reports WKOW. "The Department of Health Services reported 6,946 new test results, of which 590—or 8.5 percent—came back positive, according to the numbers released today."
To Stay Healthy in Your State
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