Now only five states are on the right track – Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, Tennessee and Vermont – are reporting at least 36 new cases compared to the previous week, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
States including Idaho, Ohio, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin recorded record new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.
In Kentucky, the governor has long warned that infections could rise quickly, saying “every day, things seem to get worse.”
“We are not only seeing an increase in the virus, but a greater percentage of our children are getting it,” Governor Andy Beschir said in a statement.
Hospitalizations ‘on the rise’ in the Midwest
According to the project, hospitalizations in the Midwest are “growing rapidly”.
In Nebraska, an increase in infections has put pressure on hospitals across the state, health officials say. The number of Kovid-19 hospitals in the Omaha metro area increased by 91% between October 17 and October 31, according to the chief medical officer of the three major hospital systems. Now, hospital officials say hospital capacity and staff are reaching their limit.
“We have seen a doubling of Kovid positive patients in the last few weeks,” said Dr Carrie Ward, CHI Health Chief Medical Officer. “If this trend continues, not just our hospitals, but every hospital in the state will have capacity.”
In Indiana, the hospital reached record levels on Monday, with more than 1,800 patients being treated for Kovid-19. The state’s previous record was set on April 13, when 1,799 people were hospitalized.
Kovid-19 is the third leading cause of death in Arkansas
In Arkansas, the governor announced Tuesday that Kovid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the state, with only cancer and heart attack preceding it.
“It’s a deadly virus that kills people,” said Asa Hutchinson, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau. “We want to make sure everyone understands the seriousness of it.”
More than 660 people are hospitalized across the state.
Bed capacity is strong in the northeastern and central parts of the state, the president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association said Tuesday. 10% of occupied beds are Kovid-19 patients, 26% are occupied ICU beds Kovid-19 patients, 31% of ventilators are used by Kovid-19 patients “are the highest number of areas we have seen,” Real said.
“If we see these cases rising, we will grow up in the hospital, and the health care system will feel the pressure. Hospitals in some areas are stretched thin and we want you to again adhere to safety measures,” Real said.
NIH Director: Masks could save 130,000 lives by March
Face masks, a powerful tool promised by doctors and public health officials in the fight against the virus, could help save tens of thousands of lives in the coming months, a leading expert said this week.
“What matters here are not exact numbers,” Francis wrote. “In any case, this epidemic is far away, and together, we have the power to shape what happens next.”
This is the argument made by officials across the country several times in recent months: if Americans wear face shields, those measures are almost as powerful as lockdowns in avoiding social distance, crowds and regular hand washing, and preventing the spread of the virus.
“Think the way you think about wearing your seat belt – a small inconvenience that can save lives,” Collins wrote. “I’m careful to wear a mask outside my home every time I go out. But, in the end, we need a collective effort from all of us to save lives and livelihoods as we move into these winter months.”
CNN’s Claudia Dominguez, Joe Sutton and Rebecca Rice contributed to the report.
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