Wyoming, which set a record for new Covid-19 cases last week, eased rules on restaurants after the governor said data showed restaurants that dine in restaurants “did not contribute significantly to the spread of the virus in the state “. And several California counties have been given the go-ahead to introduce less restrictive levels of the state’s reopening plans, officials said.
According to Johns Hopkins, at least 26 states reported more new cases early Wednesday than the previous week. Two of them, New Mexico and North Carolina, report an increase in new cases of more than 50%. Only eight states have seen downward trends.
The Kentucky governor says the surge in cases should be a wake up call.
In Kentucky, which had the second highest daily new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear called the increase a “wake up call”.
“We can’t let this thing get out of hand because we’re tired,” Beshear said in a statement. “I said yesterday that I think we are at the beginning of a new escalation. We can certainly see that in today’s numbers.”
Experts have said the U.S. population is particularly tired from the long months of the pandemic. Many across the country have given up avoiding crowds and taking precautions, and pressing for a return to normal – a drowsiness officer can be dangerous.
“We have to work harder,” said Beshear. “This is a war and we have won many battles, but we cannot leave the battlefield.”
In Wisconsin, the governor warned Covid-19 cases of “accelerating speed” and announced that the state had reported a daily high of new cases over the weekend.
“No party, no gathering, no bar is worth it,” said Governor Tony Evers.
In Missouri, health officials say the state is now seeing the “highest hospital admission” it has seen since the pandemic began.
“What we are seeing in Missouri now is widespread across the state,” Dave Dillon, spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association told CNN. “And these numbers reflect the fact that this is moving in the communities and is out of control.”
A student dies after complications from Covid-19
In North Carolina, an Appalachian State University student who was diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier this month has died after complications later, Appalachian State Chancellor Sheri Everts said in a statement.
The student, Chad Dorrill, returned home and went into isolation after testing positive, Everts said. Dorrill returned to Boone, where the university is located, after being released by a doctor.
But on his return, Everts said the student had “additional complications” and was hospitalized.
“Although college-aged adults generally have a lower risk of developing serious illnesses, they can get seriously ill with COVID-19,” said the Chancellor. “We’re seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases among students.”
“We all need to be vigilant about our security behavior wherever we are in our community.”
CNN’s Andy Rose, Rebekah Riess and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.