Only Missouri and Vermont register a more than 10% improvement in the average number of reported cases over the past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, cases in Connecticut and Florida increased by 50% or more, and cases 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 stable in the remaining states.
“This is really a scary time, and people need to be careful,” said epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed to CNN on Saturday.
‘This increase has the potential to get much worse’
Ten states reported their highest number of counts in a day 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, there are also hospitalizations due to the virus. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said admissions to her state have risen 101% this month.
More hospitalizations are likely to be followed by an increase in daily coronavirus deaths, says Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
“When we saw this kind of transmission earlier in the pandemic, in March and April, the virus was not inoculated everywhere … This increase has the potential to be far worse than it was than either the spring or the summer,” El-Said, said Detroit’s former health director.
Heads of state are pushing new restrictions
Experts say Americans can help get the virus under control by following guidelines proclaimed by officials for months: avoid crowded environments, keep their distance, hold small gatherings outdoors and wear a mask.
“This is a good time for people to stop and ask themselves, ‘What can I do to make sure we limit the additional infections that otherwise appear to be threatening in front of us, as cold weather kicks in and people are indoors and these curves are going up, in the wrong direction? ‘”Collins said Friday.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced changes to state health measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10% of staffed general beds and ICU 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.