On Saturday only, four states – Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin – saw a record increase in new cases and reported about 49,000 new infections nationally, the highest for Saturday in seven weeks, according to a Reuters analysis. Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming also set new records of cases last week.
Day temperatures in many of these states are now in the 50s Fahrenheit (10 Celsius). Health experts have long warned that colder temperatures could promote the spread of the virus by driving people inside.
Montana has recorded a record number of new cases for three of the last four days and also has a record number of Kovid-19 patients in its hospitals.
Wisconsin has set new records for two of the past three days and also reported hospitalization of records on Saturday. On average, 22% of the tests are coming positive, which is one of the highest rates in the country.
Wisconsin’s Democratic governor mandated the facade on Aug. 1 but Republican lawmakers have filed a lawsuit that challenges the requirement.
North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin have the highest number of new cases per capita in the country.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is one of several prominent Republicans who have tested positive for coronovirus since President Donald Trump announced that he had contracted the virus.
Due to an increase in cases in the Midwest, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities operated by Aspirus in northern Wisconsin and Michigan are stopping most visitors as they did earlier this year.
Bellin Health, which runs a hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said its emergency department was over capacity several times last week and doctors had to put patients in beds in the hall.
The United States is committing an average of 42,600 new cases per day and 700 deaths, compared to 35,000 cases and 800 deaths in mid-September. Deaths are a lagging indicator and increase for several weeks as cases progress.
Kentucky is the first southern state to record a record increase in cases over several weeks. Governor Andy Beshar said the state has seen the highest number of cases since the epidemic last week.
State health experts have not cited the Kovid-19 precautions and increased fatigue with students returning to schools and colleges. In the past two weeks, Kentucky has recorded about 11,000 new cases and has seen a 20% increase in hospitalization of Kovid-19 patients.
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