The United States has been among the most severe surgeries for coronavirus by far, with more new cases reported nationwide on Friday than on any other day since the epidemic began.
Since the beginning of October, the growth of cases has been steady and indescribable, the plateau is nowhere to be seen. As of Friday evening, more than 82,000 cases had been reported nationwide, with a single day on July 16 recording a record 6,000 cases.
By that measure, Friday was the worst day of the epidemic, and health experts had warned of further increases as the cold weather set in. Number of people hospitalized with Kovid-19 Already increased by 40 per cent In the last month. Deaths are relatively flat, but they are far behind.
The latest outbreak, tracked by the New York Times using reports from state and local health departments, is scattered across the country, with states such as Illinois and Rhode Island experiencing a second increase and places like Montana and South Dakota still enduring the first flood of cases.
In the last seven weeks, thirteen states have added newly confirmed coronavirus cases in any other seven-day period. As of Friday, six states had created or equaled weekly records for new deaths. On Wednesday, the deadliest day of the Wisconsin pandemic, a total of 47 deaths were announced.
The geography of the pandemic has been constantly changing since the coronavirus reached the United States last winter. Spread across the Northeast in the spring, the Sun Belt in the summer and now the Midwest and West states, with 10 counties per capita cases in the country.
Dr Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said: “Nothing was added to the mix that slowed things down.”
For many, in mid-July, while the virus was raging through the sun belt, rising numbers brought back torn memories.
Raymond Embry looked closely at its trash. His small Arizona medical clinic is giving him five coronavirus tests a day. It rose dozens of times a day, and then on July 16 4,192 people came in for tests to find out if they had coronavirus.
That day, the worst pandemic in the United States, by then, set national records. By the end of that 24-hour period, there were 75,687 new cases reported nationwide and Arizona led the country in per capita deaths.
“It has taken a lot of effort to find gloves and masks, especially when people are telling you that PPE is widely available,” Mr Embry said, referring to the shortage of personal protective equipment that health workers need to be safe. Do the test.
On the Texas-Mexico border, a nightmare in mid-July. Johnny Salinas Jr., owner of Salinas Funeral Home, Conducting six to seven funerals a day, the number he usually sees a week before the epidemic. Some of them were family members and relatives of the employees.
Until Texas lifts social distance restrictions before Memorial Day, local health officials say they have been able to control the spread of the virus through the spring. Then the numbers skyrocket. In July, Hidalgo County, where Mr. Salinas lives, had the highest per capita death rate in the state. It caught Mr. Salinas of Guard.
“We don’t know what to expect,” Mr Salinas said. “We do not know much about the virus. It is killing a lot of people. “
These days, he stores masks, gloves and hand sanitizers, closes every pew in chapels to maintain social distance, and sets up a Plexiglas barrier to protect mourners from the dead.
“Right now we are back to normal numbers,” Mr. Salinas said. “But I was nervous. People are relaxing a little more. I believe the second wave is coming and it will be scarier than the first. ”
The virus had already become deeply politicized by the summer, and the headlines made on July 16 in this regard came as no surprise.
That day, President Trump hosted an event with pickup trucks on the South Lawn of the White House, highlighting his efforts to bring back government regulations.
While Georgia is experiencing the worst week of the epidemic, Republican Goa’s Brian Kemp The case was filed against the mayor of Atlanta, Democrat, on the masked command of the city. Republican Party officials told deputies In a letter sent that day They are withdrawing plans for a meeting in Florida, during which time more than 10,000 new cases will be reported per day (the conference will eventually pull out of Florida).
At the July 16 news conference, some Republican governors Perseverance is hopeful In areas where the worst outbreak of the epidemic is enduring, some Democratic governors have spoken out with deep concern about the state of the epidemic, unaware that numbers in their states could deteriorate further.
“What we are seeing across the country is alarming,” said Andy Besheer, a Democratic governor from Kentucky. At a news conference On July 16, 469 new cases were reported in the state. On Tuesday, Kentucky reported 1,288 new infections, almost three times more than the day the governor made the speech.
But in some other parts of the country that day, the virus seemed far away.
On July 16, towns in North Dakota hold their annual summer festivities. People cheered the rodeos and danced together without a mask in the streets.
Erin ura Rada, administrator of Custer Health, the public health department west of Bismarck, foresaw all of this.
“I don’t think reality has hit much of North Dakota,” Ms Ura Rada said. It’s also hard to rethink this summer, this week, saying, “Everyone is living their lives and preparing for the next street dance they are about to hit.”
With the country reaching the record on Friday, experts are worried about what the coming weeks will bring.
Tests have become more accessible in recent months and conducting more tests will often uncover unrecognized cases. But experts say they cannot now explain the increase in cases as a result of further tests. Despite the increase in virus cases, deaths are relatively low at 775 per day.
Yet this week in North Dakota, hospitals are trying to find available beds. The state now has the deadliest infection rate in the country compared to the population, and it has ended up tracking official contact except in health care settings, schools and colleges. Members of the National Guard are calling to say that people have tested positive.
Ms. Ura Rada said this was her arrival when the case number began to rise steadily in late July, “and we have been living there ever since.”
Mitch Smith, Amy Hormone And Sarah Mervosh Collaboration Reporting.