Since late in the summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top experts have been warning about a potential surge of COVID-19 cases as we enter into the fall and winter months. And, just a week into the new season, their grim predictions are already coming true. According to the latest 3-day rolling average courtesy of Johns Hopkins University, 30 out of 50 states are experiencing an increase in cases compared to the week before. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The 30 States Span the Country
Hotspots old and new make up the list:
- North Dakota
- New York
- South Dakota
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- and Hawaii.
Six states remain unchanged and just 15 are experiencing a decline in cases.
The positivity rate—which can predict future infections—is also on the rise in many states, and is currently over 20 percent in Idaho, Wisconsin, and South Dakota, where it has currently topped 25 percent.
Wisconsin shattered records on Thursday, reporting a whopping 2,887 new infections and their highest death count ever—27—and climbing hospitalizations.
Leaders Warn of "Alarming" Trends, Ask for Help
"I am concerned about the alarming trends of COVID-19 we're seeing across our state," Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said in an afternoon news briefing, urging people to wear masks and practice social distancing. "Today, Wisconsinites, I need to ask for your help. I know it's frustrating, I know it's exhausting, I know it's hard. You've made sacrifices for months."
"The longer it takes for everyone to take Covid-19 seriously, the longer this virus will linger. Right now we can't live like we're back to the way things used to be," Evers added.
Hospitals are also reaching capacity. ThedaCare president and CEO Dr. Imran Andrabi told CNN that 95% of hospital beds within his system are full, and hospital workers are getting sick because people aren't wearing masks, and therefore, can't show up to work to treat people. "This is really a responsibility that we all have to take seriously because if some of us do it and others don't, it doesn't work," Andrabi said.
As for yourself: do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.