Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the U.S. could be facing another spike in COVID-19 cases if more people don’t practice preventative measures like mask-wearing and social distancing. “We must act now, and I am worried that if we don’t take the right actions now, we will have another avoidable surge—just as we are seeing in Europe right now and just as we are so aggressively scaling up vaccination,” she said on Monday. That surge may already be underway in five states which have recently reported an increase in COVID-19 cases. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
The state of Michigan is adding twice as many cases COVID-19 as it did two weeks ago, the New York Times said on Monday. “Experts and officials fear that a combination of loosening restrictions and spread of the U.K. variant might be causing the rise in Michigan — a potentially troubling sign for other areas as mass vaccination rolls out,” ABC News reported Sunday. “We know that the trajectory of the pandemic varies across the United States with some states and regions of the country, such as the Northeast and the upper Midwest, are beginning to again see a significant rise in cases taken together,” said Walensky. “These statistics should serve as a warning sign for the American people.”
New Jersey leads the nation in the number of recent COVID cases per capita. Gov. Phil Murphy said the state won’t expand its reopening until those numbers decline. “We’re watching these variants very closely. The case numbers are clearly up,” said Murphy on CNN Monday. “My guess is we won’t be opening up further capacity for some time due to the current caseloads.”
According to the Washington Post coronavirus tracker, Rhode Island has the nation’s third-largest number of new daily cases per capita. The seven-day moving average of new daily cases is 365, up from 313 a month ago, the Providence Journal reported.
On March 22, Delaware had the fifth-highest number of new daily COVID cases per capita in the nation, and one of the largest increases since last week—23%—according to the Washington Post coronavirus tracker. On Friday, Gov. Jay Carney extended Delaware’s state of emergency over the pandemic. “Until we can vaccinate enough people, let’s do what works to fight community spread,” said Carney. “Avoid large gatherings. Wear a mask. Wash your hands frequently. Stay vigilant and we’ll get through this.”
In Pennsylvania, new daily cases are up 21% over the past two weeks, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday, calling the increase “drastic” in four of the state’s six regions.
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