October 13, 2020 By iwano@_84 Off

US In A ‘Bad Place’ As COVID-19 Cases Surge Heading Into Winter

KEY POINTS

  • Fauci said the U.S. is “in a bad place” as coronavirus cases surge nationwide
  • Thirty-six states see increase in cases as colder fall and winter weather approaches
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations jump by 77% in New York

The U.S. may be “facing a whole lot of trouble” as coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket across the country heading into the cold winter months. 

On Monday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, appeared on CNBC, saying the U.S. is “in a bad place” as the colder weather begins to settle across the nation. 

“That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall and the colder weather of the winter,” Fauci said. “We’re in a bad place. Now we’ve got to turn this around.”

Health officials recorded more than 44,600 new COVID-19 on Sunday. The seven-day average also rose to 49,200 new cases per day, which is 14% higher than the previous week. 

A CNBC analysis indicated that average daily cases rose by 5% in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The number of hospitalized coronavirus patients is also up by 5% in 36 states. 

COVID-19 is seeing another surge in New York, with the number of hospitalizations jumping by 77% compared to the same period the previous month. The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said the increase resulted from outbreaks in specific areas, NBC News reported.  

“We’re dealing with a very specific situation which is the clusters,” he said in a news release over the weekend. “Overall the state is doing very well.” 

Idaho, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have the three highest rates of new infections in the nation. According to the latest numbers from John Hopkins University, the U.S. has now reported over 7.8 million coronavirus cases and more than 214,000 virus-related deaths. 

Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and West Virginia all reported a record single-day increase in cases on Friday.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said there is no single reason for the rise in cases, but he believes people are not following all the safety measures designed to curb the virus’s spread. 

“We’re sick of wearing masks, we’re sick of all of this, and I get it, but we’ve got to hang in there for our kids. We’ve got to hang in there for ourselves,” DeWine said. “The best way to summarize it, I think, is that people are simply not being cautious. They’re going about their family life and meeting with people.”

A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a student to test for COVID-19 in New York City. A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a student to test for COVID-19 in New York City. Photo: AFP / Angela Weiss

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