Cases of the coronavirus are showing signs of a plateau in the United States after a rebound early this month as infections increase in more than 20 states and health experts warn Americans not to get complacent when the weather turns colder.
The average number of COVID-19 cases per day has been hovering around 40,000 for just over a week.
In mid-September, there was a surge in the number of national infections, attributed in part by health experts to Labor Day weekend gatherings and the reopening of some schools.
Before the increase, cases had been on a downward track nationally since July, when about 70,000 infections were reported daily.
There were nearly 37,000 cases reported nationwide on Sunday.
The number of deaths now also appears to be leveling off nationally after a steady decline since mid-September. The average number of Americans dying per day is just over 740, which is lower than the peak of 2,000 deaths per day in April.
The US registered 266 deaths across the country on Sunday. There is often a delay in weekend reporting, resulting in low numbers at the start of each week.
The average number of COVID-19 cases per day has been hovering around 40,000 for just over a week. There were nearly 37,000 cases reported nationwide on Sunday
The average number of Americans who die per day is just over 740. The US registered 266 deaths across the country on Sunday. There is often a delay in weekend reporting, resulting in low numbers at the start of each week
Infections are currently on the rise in 21 states, most in the Midwest, and the number of tests returning positive for COVID-19 is more than 25 percent in some of those states.
The number of cases is on the rise in states including: North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Utah, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Kentucky.
Eighteen states seem to be holding out with COVID-19 cases, and 11 – including Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida – have seen a decrease in the past week compared to the previous seven days.
The positive test rate in North Dakota averaged 30 percent over the past seven days compared to the previous week, according to analysis using test data from The COVID Tracking Project.
The positivity rate rose to 26 percent in South Dakota from 17 percent last week.
Minnesota and Montana are an average of 7 percent of the tests that come back positive, but Montana’s positivity rate rose to 20 percent on Sunday.
The World Health Organization considers rates above 5 percent of concern because it suggests there are more cases in the community that have not yet been discovered.
Several states such as New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine have positive test rates of about 1 percent.
In the past week, five Midwestern states have reported record increases in the number of new infections in one day – Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Wisconsin set two record new cases last week and now reports more new infections every day than Florida. South Dakota set records three times for new cases last week.
While a recent increase in testing might explain some of the increase in the number of cases, hospital admissions have also risen sharply in the Midwest and are unaffected by the number of tests performed.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 infection rate in New York State has now risen to 1.5 percent on Monday – the highest level in months.
More than 1,000 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in one day on Saturday, which is the first time since June 5 that the state has seen a daily number this high.
It prompted Andrew Cuomo government to warn New Yorkers not to become complacent about the virus.
“It’s vital that New Yorkers continue to practice the basic behaviors that boost our ability to fight Covid-19 as we enter the fall and flu season,” Cuomo said. “Wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands make a crucial difference, as does the deliberate enforcement of state guidance by local governments.”
The number of positive tests reported daily in the state has been steadily increasing in recent weeks, a trend possibly related to the increasing number of business reopenings, the reopening of college campuses, and the return of children to school.
The new positive number of cases came from nearly 100,000 tests, compared to about 60,000 tests per day in June. New York is in a much better position than it was in April when the number of positive tests per day routinely exceeded 9,000.
In New York City, health officials have raised the alarm about an increasing number of cases in certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, where many private religious schools opened for personal instruction in early September, warning that those communities could see severe restrictions on public gatherings reinstated if current trends continue.
Cases are on the rise in states including: North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Utah, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Kentucky
It’s because public health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned Americans not to become complacent when the colder weather sets in.
He said the current average number of cases per day for fall was worrying.
‘We are not in a good place. As we go into fall and winter, you really want the level of dispersion to be lower, ”he told Good Morning America.
He called Florida’s reopening of bars and restaurants at full capacity over the weekend “very worrying.”
“Well, that worries me a lot, I mean, we’ve always said that, myself and Dr. Deborah Birx, who is the coordinator of the task force, that’s something we have to be really careful about,” he said.
‘When you’re dealing with the spread of the community, and you have the kind of get-together where people get together, especially without masks, you’re really asking for trouble. Now is the time to double down a bit, and I don’t mean close.
‘When I say that, people worry we’re talking about closing. We’re not talking about shutting down anything, we’re talking common sense-like public health measures that we’ve been talking about all along. ‘
Dr. Chris Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, told CNN that there could be an explosion of new cases next month if people go indoors with cold weather.
Currently, the forecast predicts that the death toll in the US will reach 371,500 by the end of the year, but this could be reduced to 275,000 if the majority of Americans wear masks.
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