Despite the summer wave of COVID-19 some might suggest that the pandemic has nowhere to go but is falling, numbers continue to rise, with new cases at levels not seen since February. In some states, cases and hospitalizations have more than doubled and health systems are overwhelmed. Here are five states where experts warn that COVID is spiraling out of control. Read on to find out more – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Last Thursday, Broward County Mayor Steve Geller said COVID cases were gaining momentum “got out of hand” as the very urban county – home to Ft. Lauderdale – has seen one of the highest rates of COVID spread in the country. According to data collected by the New York Times, statewide, Florida has the second-highest number of new cases per 100,000 population in the US
Mississippi is the state with the highest number new cases per capita. With hospitals running out of capacity, coronavirus patients are now being treated in tents in parking garages, the Time reported on Tuesday. “We’ve reached a point of failure,” LouAnn Woodward, the chief executive of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said late last week. “Demand has exceeded our means.”
In West Virginia, new COVID cases have increased by 163% compared to 14 days ago – the largest increase in the country – and hospital admissions are up 69%. Only 4 in 10 state residents are full vaccinated. “More and more people will die until we really aggressively vaccinate more people,” West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said during a briefing on Monday. “There’s no other way out of this than to get vaccinated.”
After West Virginia, North Dakota has seen the second highest increase in new COVID cases in the country in the past 14 days. They are up to 98%and hospital admissions have increased by 51%. On Monday, the Grand Forks Herald reported that 1 in 500 North Dakotans has died from COVID-19. “That’s a sobering statistic, especially when it could have been prevented with a mask or vaccine — or both,” said Dr. Jeremy Cauwels, chief physician of the local health system Sanford Health.
According to the New York Times, COVID-related hospitalizations in South Dakota are up 111% from two weeks ago, just after the close of the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It is the highest increase in hospital admissions in the country. New COVID cases are up 96%. The Duluth News Tribune attributed to the wave to the area’s low vaccination coverage and to Sturgis, where attendees mingled largely without masks in local bars and restaurants. “Think of it like a lighted match touching dry tinder,” the paper said.
Follow the basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.