Hospitalizations Surge Anew As COVID Cases Rise In 39 States
With signs already pointing to the forecasted fall and winter wave of new infections, Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that the current U.S. death toll of over 210,000 could nearly double if states and citizens do not act.
COVID-19 Cases Rising In 39 States – 9 Months Into The Pandemic: 'We Are Overwhelmed'
U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 7.5 million on Wednesday with most states seeing a rise in cases – nine months into the pandemic – and a startling nine states setting ominous, seven-day records for infections. A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday shows Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming all set state records in the seven-day period. In all, 39 states reported more coronavirus cases in the last week than they had in the week before. (Bacon and Stucka, 10/7)
Only Two US States Report A Decline Of New Cases And Nationwide Hospitalizations Are Increasing
Covid-19 cases are trending upwards across the US, with only two states reporting a decline of cases compared to last week. And hospitalizations across the country have also begun to rise, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. Wisconsin health officials reported a record-high number of 141 new patients Wednesday, days after the state saw records in new Covid-19 cases and deaths. Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday the state will open a field hospital in response to the surge in hospitalizations. (Maxouris, 10/8)
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In The U.S., States — Not Science — Decide What Counts As A Coronavirus Outbreak
In Michigan, two coronavirus infections in the same workplace constitutes an outbreak. In New York City, public school buildings must close when two people in two different classrooms catch the virus. But Iowa will not announce coronavirus outbreaks at many businesses unless 10 percent of employees are actively infected, and even 10 percent of students becoming ill may not be enough to close a school. The nation’s patchwork pandemic response has led to wide disparities in data reporting and even in definitions for basic medical concepts. In the absence of federal standards, states have adopted divergent and sometimes scientifically questionable approaches to disease control, which experts say have allowed the virus to spread. (Mooney, Kaplan and Eilperin, 10/7)
Fauci: As Many As 400,000 Americans Could Die From Coronavirus
Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, said Tuesday that as many as 400,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 if action isn’t taken in the fall and winter. Fauci told attendees of a virtual event held by American University that between 300,000 and 400,000 could die from coronavirus in the country. (Coleman, 10/7)