Only five states are trending in the right direction right now – Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, Tennessee and Vermont – while at least 36 states report more new cases than last week, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
And states including Idaho, Ohio, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin all reported a record number of new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.
In Kentucky, where the governor has long warned that infections are on the rise, he said on Tuesday that “every day, things seem to get worse.”
Governor Andy Beshear said in a statement: “We are not only seeing an increase in the virus but more and more of our children getting sick.”
Hospital admissions ‘surged’ in the Midwest
According to the project, the number of hospital admissions is “rising sharply” in the Midwest.
In Nebraska, health officials say the increased infection has put a strain on hospitals across the state. Medical officials of the three major hospital systems said on Monday Covid-19 hospitalization increased 91% in the Omaha metro area between October 17 and October 31. , hospital and staff capacity are reaching their limits, hospital officials said.
“We have seen a doubling of Covid-positive patients over the past few weeks,” said Dr. Cary Ward, chief medical officer of CHI Health. “There is no doubt if this trend continues, not just our hospitals, but every hospital in the state will be able to operate at full capacity.”
In Indiana, hospital admissions reached a record high on Monday, with more than 1,800 patients being treated for Covid-19. The state’s previous record was on April 13, when about 1,799 people were hospitalized.
Covid-19 is the third leading cause of death in Arkansas
And in Arkansas, the governor declared on Tuesday Covid-19 the third leading cause of death in the state, just ahead of cancer and heart attack.
Governor Asa Hutchinson said: “It is a deadly virus that kills people. “We want to make sure everyone understands how serious it is.”
And statewide, more than 660 people are still hospitalized, he added.
In the northeast and central regions of the state, bed capacity is “tight,” said Bo Ryall, president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas Hospital Association. Approximately 10% of user beds have Covid-19 patients, 26% of ICU beds have Covid-19 patients, while 31% of ventilators used by Covid-19 patients are in “some the tallest we’ve seen in Ryall said.
“If we continue to see these cases escalate, in our turn, the number of hospitalizations will increase and the health care system will be stressed. Hospitals are being dilated in some areas. and we ask that you please adhere to the safety measures again, “said Ryall.
NIH Director: The mask could save 130,000 lives by March
Masks, a powerful tool that doctors and public health officials have demonstrated in their fight against viruses, could save tens of thousands of lives in the coming months, a leading expert has helped. emphasis this week.
“What is important here is not the exact numbers,” wrote Francis. “It is the realization that, in any scenario, this pandemic is far from over, and together we have the ability to shape what happens next.”
It’s an argument that has been made many times over the past months by officials across the country: if Americans wear a face veil, away from society, avoid crowds and wash their hands frequently, then those measures can be as powerful as stopping the spread of the virus.
“Think of it the same way you would think of wearing a seat belt – a minor inconvenience that can save lives,” Collins wrote. “I carefully wear a mask outside the house every time I go out. But in the end, saving lives and livelihoods as we enter these winter months will require the joint efforts of all of us.”
CNN’s Claudia Dominguez, Joe Sutton and Rebekah Riess contributed to this report.