Despite the White House including "ending the pandemic" on a list of science and tech accomplishments, cases and hospitalizations rise across the nation—the rolling seven-day average topped 70,000 (a record) and record infections have been recorded in 29 states over the past week. Read on to see where it's flaring up the most, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"More than 5,000 confirmed cases were reported in Wisconsin as of Tuesday, bringing the total number there to more than 200,000—a 'tragic' and 'concerning' milestone, Evers said. The state's death toll rose by 64 Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,852," reports CNN. "There is no way to sugarcoat it, we are facing an urgent crisis and there is an imminent risk to you and your family," Gov. Tony Evers said. "The increasing cases, and our increase in deaths today are the largest single day increases we've seen throughout the course of this pandemic," said Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of Wisconsin's Department of Health Services. "We must take significant and collective action."
Residents of the state have resisted wearing masks, and the result is cases rising—and worry from one Coronavirus Task Force member. "Over the last 24 hours as we were here and we were in your grocery stores and in your restaurants and frankly even in your hotels, this is the least use of masks that we have we seen in retail establishments of any place we have been," Dr. Deborah Birx told reporters after touring North Dakota, according to the Bismarck Tribune. "And we find that deeply unfortunate because you don't know who's infected and you don't know if you're infected yourself." "If you're in a public space, out of respect for each other, you should be wearing a mask because you could be infected not knowing you are infected," Birx added.
"In Idaho, where large numbers of residents resist wearing a mask, Republican Gov. Brad Little on Monday ordered a return to some restrictions to slow the spread of the virus as rising cases put a strain on the hospital system," reports the AP. "Little's directive limits indoor gatherings to 50 people, urges businesses to encourage employees to work from home, among other steps." "Last week, things changed for the worst," Little said. "Idaho is at a critical juncture. This is unacceptable and we must do better."
"In Illinois, where Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new business restrictions last week in four counties and Chicago, 2,638 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 as of Monday, according to data compiled by Covid Tracking Project, which tracks testing, hospitalization and other data on the outbreak," reports CNBC. The city is "averaging more than twice as many COVID-related hospital admissions per day as it was a month ago, with a positivity rate that has almost doubled since the beginning of October," Pritzker said Tuesday. "For a time, late in the summer, Chicago seemed to have this more under control than other regions of Illinois," Pritzker said. "But that's no longer the case."
"About an hour after the Indiana State Department of Health announced yet another record high of new coronavirus cases Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Midwest numbers suggest the region is going in the wrong direction," reports the Indy Star. "In a press call discussing the situation in six states, including Indiana, Dr. Henry Walke, incident manager for the CDC's COVID-19 response team, said his colleagues were working with local and state health officials to mitigate spread of the virus. The CDC region that includes Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota has seen a 27% increase in cases and 37% increase in deaths in the past seven days, Walke said. Indiana has seen a 68% increase in deaths, a 13.7% increase in cases and an 8.7% increase in positivity in that time period, CDC officials said."
As for yourself, no matter where you live: wash your hands, wear your face mask, avoid crowds, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.