Only Missouri and Vermont saw the average number of reported cases improve by more than 10% over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, cases in Connecticut and Florida increased by 50% or more, and those in 27 other states increased between 1
These states are Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
New cases remained in the remaining states.
“This is really a harrowing time and people need to be careful,” said epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed told CNN on Saturday.
“This surge can be much worse.”
Ten states reported their highest one-day case numbers on Friday: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to Johns Hopkins.
As infections have increased, so have hospital admissions for the virus. New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said hospital stays in her state had increased 101% this month.
More hospital admissions are likely to be followed by a surge in daily coronavirus deaths, says Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
“When we saw this type of transmission earlier in the March and April pandemic, the virus wasn’t sown everywhere … That surge can be far worse than it was in spring or summer,” said El – Detroit’s former health director said.
Heads of State are pushing for new restrictions
Experts say Americans can help get the virus under control by following the guidelines that officials have touted for months: avoiding crowded areas, keeping your distance, holding small outdoor gatherings, and wearing a mask.
“This is a good time for people to stop and ask, ‘What can I do to make sure we limit the more infections that otherwise seem to threaten us when the cold weather sets in and people are inside ? and these curves are going up in the wrong direction? ‘”said Collins on Friday.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced changes to the state’s health measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10% of staffed general and intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients.
CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Jason Hanna, Dave Alsup, Chuck Johnston, Andrea Diaz, Nakia McNabb, Samira Said, Nadia Kounang, Andy Rose, and Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.