Just as health experts—Dr. Anthony Fauci included—predicted, COVID-19 infections are surging around the country as temperatures continue to drop across the country. According to the latest data courtesy of Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 8,354,300 cases of the virus in the United States alone and more than 222,416 people have died. Yesterday, five states reported a record breaking number of infections. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Oklahoma broke its record for new infections, reporting 1,628 new cases in a single day.
In total, there have been 112,483 cases, per the state’s tally. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is already anticipating future hospitalizations will increase, revealing his new “surge plan” this week: Once a hospital reaches a capacity of more than 15 percent of COVID-19 patients, they will use outside resources.
Ohio experienced the highest number of new cases in a single day, adding 2,425 to their tally. Their previous record—2,366 00 was broken the previous day. “Every indicator is bad,” Gov. Mike DeWine told WLWT5 during an interview this week. Donald Trump has blamed the rising numbers on increased testing but the Governor says of the stats: “Every one’s going the wrong way.” He also predicts that things will get worse in the coming months. “We’re going to see our hospitals overflowing and we’re going to look like Italy. We’ll look like some of those other countries when this thing really, really hit. We don’t want that. We have it within our own hands to avoid that,” he said.
Florida added 5,557 new cases of COVID, experiencing their highest increase of infections in two months. Despite the state’s surge, Gov. Ron DeSantis is determined to keep schools open. “Going forward, whatever the future may hold, school closures should be off the table,” he said this week. “They don’t do anything to mitigate COVID, but they do cause catastrophic damage to the physical, mental and social well-being of our youth. Let’s not repeat any mistakes of the past.”
It was a deadly day in the midwestern state of Wisconsin, with the addition of 48 deaths, marking the deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic. In total 1,703 Wisconsinites have died of COVID. After State Fair Park field hospital admitted its first patient, Gov. Tony Evers reacted to their grim statistics. “We are thankful to have this facility available to Wisconsinites and our hospitals, but also saddened that this is where Wisconsin is at today,” he tweeted. Folks, please stay home. Help us protect our communities from this highly-contagious virus and avoid further strain on our hospitals. We need everyone to step up in a big way to put this pandemic behind us and save lives.”
Follow Fauci’s fundamentals, no matter where you live: Wear your face mask, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.