This State Just Shattered an Indicative COVID Record
Over the last week, nearly half of the states in America reported spikes in COVID-19 infections, an indicator that deaths and hospitalizations will soon follow. Dr. Chris Murray, director of the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, also warned CNN that per the IHME model, a "huge surge" of COVID-19 infections are expected to explode in October and accelerate in November and December." Now, one midwestern state has shattered one of their coronavirus records, signifying that things may get worse sooner rather than later. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Wisconsin COVID Record
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the state reported 2,817 new cases on Saturday — their highest single-day increase in cases ever. The previous record was set on Sept. 18 with 2,533 cases. Per officials, the increase is due to a huge rise in cases amongst younger residents, ages 18 to 24.
"What we're seeing here in Dane county is that close to 90 percent of the young people who are getting positive test results are reporting some symptoms and unfortunately a lot of them aren't aware of the long-term consequences that this disease can have," Joe Parisi, county executive of Wisconsin's Dane County, told CNN's Jim Sciutto.
"But as concerning, is the fact that in my community in Dane county, the university is integral to the city of Madison. It is not separated somewhere. So these young people interact with people throughout the community. They have parents and grandparents and go to the store so we're incredibly concerned about the spike that we're seeing"
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A new phase of the COVID pandemic
The Atlantic also reports that Wisconsin "has crashed through its own coronavirus records, reporting more cases and more COVID-19 hospitalizations than it has at any time since the pandemic began," according to their COVID Tracking Project.
They pointed out that it currently ranks in the top states of new cases per capita, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is also reporting more new cases, "in absolute terms," than all states but California, Texas, and Florida.
While some states have been easing their coronavirus restrictions, Wisconsin has been tightening theirs up. Last week Republican Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order, mandating face coverings.
"We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin," he stated in a press release.
How to Stay Safe
"We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially — please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you go out. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all have to do this together." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.