Only seven states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas – reported a decrease in new cases of at least 10% compared to last week.
The 7-day average of new daily cases in the country – approximately 42,400 – is more than 20% higher than it was on September 12, when it was at a two-month low of approximately 34,300.
States reporting an increasing number of new cases are Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Worrying Trends in the United States
In many states, local and state executives are reporting worrying milestones.
Wisconsin reported 2,892 new cases on Saturday, a record number for the state. The previous record – 2,887 new cases – was set earlier this week.
“This underscores what we’ve been saying all along, that masks only work when everyone is wearing them,” said the governor.
California exceeded 16,000 deaths on Saturday when the Department of Health reported 88 deaths.
Kentucky had the second highest number of cases reported in a day at 999 on Friday.
And that limits weeks of increase: The 7-day average of new cases – more than 800 on Friday – is well above the 500s and 600s from early to mid-September, as Johns Hopkins data shows.
“This week will break last week’s record for the number of cases,” said Governor Andy Beshear on Friday. “The situation in Kentucky is getting very dangerous.”
Hospital stays are increasing
According to the Covid Tracking Project, the average number of people hospitalized for coronavirus in a week rose for the first time since July.
“This spike we’re seeing in Brown County, Wisconsin, should be a wake up call to anyone who lives here that our community is in crisis,” said Dr. Paul Casey, medical director of the emergency department at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s 7-day average of new infections per day rose from the high 600s and low 700s in late August to its all-time high of 2,439 on Friday for the past few weeks.
Report: These should be the vaccination phases
Experts advising the federal government believe that frontline health workers and those who provide services in health facilities should be vaccinated first, followed by those who are at high risk of serious illness because of their underlying health conditions consists.
Next come older adults living in a community, such as nursing homes, a committee from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine said in a final report.
But local leaders should also give priority to vulnerable communities, the committee said. This addition comes after criticism of the group’s draft report, released last month, which failed to mention minority communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
The committee recommends that at every stage of vaccination, authorities give priority to people in areas of high vulnerability identified through a tool such as the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. The index uses U.S. census variables to identify communities in particular need of disaster relief. The committee takes into account the factors that put racial minorities at higher risk for Covid-19.
The third phase suggests vaccination for young adults, children and in industries where people may receive some protection but remain at risk of exposure, e.g. B. Banks and Universities.
The last phase includes all people who have not yet received a vaccination.
CNN’s Gregory Lemos, Lauren Mascarenhas, Aditi Sangal and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.