New highs, confusing as of the present, are just part of a grim index that points to what experts have predicted: an unprecedented spike in fall and winter is likely to keep getting worse.
And every day, states across the country continue to report alarming patterns. According to Johns Hopkins, at least 36 states are reporting more new cases than last week while only three states ̵1; Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee – are trending in the right direction.
In Oregon, health officials reported 597 new cases on Wednesday, the sixth time this week, the number topped 500. And the state’s one-day record, 600 cases, is set. on 30 October. Wisconsin on Wednesday broke its daily case record with more than 5,930 cases, while both Illinois and Ohio recorded the second highest number of daily cases.
And when public health officials urge people to adopt health measures that have proven effective in helping to limit the spread of the virus – like masks and away from society – they also worry. worry about what will happen in the coming weeks. With Thanksgiving holiday only a few weeks away, experts fear that Americans will lose their guard and choose to gather with family and friends and contribute to the spread of the virus.
Divide the local key
In a statement to CNN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott criticized the closure by order of El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, saying the judge had shut down “illegal” businesses in response with an increase in infections.
Samaniego ordered to shut down all unnecessary services for two weeks last week, saying that by that time hospitals and healthcare professionals were overwhelmed and if there was no response, “we will see unprecedented mortality. ” On Wednesday, the city of El Paso reported a record 3,100 new infections, with a positive 7-day rate of around 22.82%.
The city also set another record for hospital admissions on Wednesday, with at least 1,041 Covid-19 patients.
In his statement, Abbott said the district judge “made it clear that he did not enforce existing protocols permitted under the law” that could help limit viruses “while allowing businesses to open a door. safe way. “
“He has failed his job and is currently illegally shutting down his entire business, which will further harm El Pasoans who are already suffering economic losses from the pandemic. . only when they are executed, “Abbott’s statement said.
The state Attorney General on Tuesday announced his office had filed a request for a temporary order to prevent “the judge’s unlawful lockdown order, which was issued before Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order of COVID-19. “
The City of Texas is not alone in trying to impose new restrictions amid an increase in infections across the country.
Connecticut also announced to tighten restrictions this week in response to an increase in the number of Covid-19, including new restrictions on restaurants, religious ceremonies and indoor event spaces. Governor Ned Lamont also recommended that residents stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to limit communication.
In one area of Kansas, the nearest ICU bed is 6 hours away
In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly said the state had a “very difficult week for the spread of the virus” and that since Monday, there have been “91 new hospitalizations involving Covid-19 across the country. state.”
Hospital capacity – often an issue that plagues rural counties – is becoming an issue in some parts of the state, the governor said. The governor said at least one hospital last week from the nearest ICU bed was available about six hours.
Hospital admissions peaked in at least 16 states on Wednesday, the project said, adding that 20 states with more than 1,000 people are currently hospitalized for the virus.
In Kentucky, the governor said in a statement that the number of people hospitalized was increasing every day.
Governor Andy Beshear said in a statement: “These are a lot of Kentuckians who are fighting for their lives. “There’s a lot of pain out there and it’s hitting people. We’re thinking of every family, whether we know you or we don’t. We hurt you and we grieve with you.” . “
“It’s not that we will run out of space first, but that we may not have enough health care staff to provide all,” said Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health. even those beds. “
CNN’s Claudia Dominguez and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.