Coronavirus cases are receding nationwide—but not in every state. In fact, in some states in America, cases are actually rising quickly, as the virus lowers in former hotspots in the South. Where is COVID rising and how can you stay safe no matter where you live? Read on for the 5 states that have the fastest rising caseloads—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
"Despite having the highest vaccination rates in the country, there are constant reminders for most New England states of just how vicious the delta variant of COVID-19 is," reports the AP. "Hospitals across the region are seeing full intensive care units and staff shortages are starting to affect care. Public officials are pleading with the unvaccinated to get the shots. Health care workers are coping with pent-up demand for other kinds of care that had been delayed by the pandemic." "I think it's clearly frustrating for all of us," said Michael Pieciak, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation who monitors COVID-19 statistics for the state. "We want kids to be safe in school, we want parents not to have to worry about their child's education and health."
"Better protection could certainly help in Colorado right now. Nationally, COVID-19 numbers are on a decline. But in Colorado, health officials say the trends are heading in the wrong direction," reports 9 News. "While we're seeing this increase in Colorado most states in the country are now seeing a decline in cases," Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, State Epidemiologist said. "So far, more than 8,000 Coloradans have died due to this viral disease. Over the last month, cases, hospitalizations and deaths have continued to rise." "We are certainly seeing more patient. More patients positive. We're seeing more patients being admitted to the hospital. We clearly are not in the right direction," said UC Health Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Richard Zane.
"Much of the U.S. is reporting COVID-19 case numbers are dropping, but here they're on the rise in Michigan. The daily average in Michigan surged well over 4,000 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday. That is the highest daily average of new COVID-19 illnesses in Michigan since April 28," reported ABC12 recently. "But overall, the U.S. is showing a brighter picture in the battle against COVID-19. The latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. averaged under 100,000 newly confirmed cases per day for over a week ending Friday. That's a 44% drop from a Delta variant peak average in mid-September."
"Four more Granite Staters have died of COVID-19 as cases continue to rise in New Hampshire," reports WMUR. "State health officials said Friday one of the people who died was younger than 60 while the others were 60 or older. There have been 1,520 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in New Hampshire since the pandemic began. Officials announced 588 new positive cases from Thursday and 78 additional cases from earlier this week and last week. Of the new cases, 31.4% were in children under 18. The number of active cases in New Hampshire rose to 4,655, the most since Feb. 1."
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"While Minnesota's current COVID-19 wave shows some signs of flattening, hospitalizations continue to rise to worrisome levels — a reality that left Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm exasperated Friday after visiting a suburban Minneapolis care center," reports MPR News. "The state is again at a 'critical point' in the pandemic, she said, adding that it was heartbreaking 'knowing this is all preventable by us, by the people of Minnesota and the individual decisions we make and the community decisions we make.'" No matter where you live, get vaccinated, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.