“This fall / winter increase has been almost double the increase in cases when spring and summer increase. This acceleration and the epidemiological data suggest the possibility that some strains of the American COVID-19 virus may have developed into a more transmissible virus, “reports reported to states dated January 10 and obtained by CNN said.
The report continued, “Given this possibility and the presence of the British variant that is already spreading in our society and may be 50% more transferable, we need to be ready and mitigate a much faster transmission.”
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shot down an item included in the January 3 task force reports that suggested there was a homemade “US variant”
But the official made it very clear that U.S. health officials have not determined that there is an American variant of the virus. There has been discussion as to whether U.S. health officials should investigate whether such a variant exists and make this identification, but so far the official has warned that no such identification has been found.
After the holiday season and unstable data reporting, reports said the United States now sees “clear continuation of the high pre-holiday proliferation rate measured by increasing test positivity, increased cases, increased hospitalizations and increasing deaths.”
There is “full resurgence” of virus spread in “almost all metro regions,” the reports said, calling for “aggressive action.” The working group outlined measures, including the use of masks that are “two or three layers and well-fitted”, “strict physical distance” and more proactive testing of young adults.
This week’s reports raised concerns about “significant, continued deterioration from California across the Sun belt and up into the southeast, mid-Atlantic and northeast” – essentially the entire continental United States.
And as the nation delays the administration of vaccinations, the task force stressed the need to “put (vaccines) in arms now” and note that “active and aggressive immunization in the face of this wave would save lives.”
Rhode Island is the state with the most new cases per capita. 100,000 residents this week, followed by Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Utah, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Arkansas and North Carolina in the top 10.
Oklahoma has the highest test positivity rate this week, above 25.1%, followed by Utah, Nevada, Virginia, Arizona, Idaho, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Texas, all of which have test positivity rates between 20.1% and 25, 0%.
Arizona has the highest number of admissions per 100 available hospital beds, followed by Arkansas, Maryland, Georgia, Oklahoma, California, South Carolina, Kentucky, District of Columbia and Alabama.
And Rhode Island ranks highest in new deaths per capita. 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Rhode Island, Arizona, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Kansas, Connecticut and Michigan.