The number of coronavirus cases is on the rise in nearly 80 percent of US states and territories, a top US official warned Friday.
“The number of new # COVID19 cases is on the rise,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Robert Redfield via Twitter Friday.
Specifically, “79% of U.S. jurisdictions have reported increasing cases since Oct. 20,” he tweeted.
“Help slow the spread with these healthy habits: Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay six feet apart.”
According to DailyMail.com’s analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the US now reports an average of more than 60,000 new cases per day.
Weekly coronavirus cases are on the rise in 79% of US states and territories, with the strongest increases in the Western Mountains, including North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Wisconsin (dark blue), latest CDC data reveals
The latest data from CDC, updated Friday, shows the strongest increases in cases by population in the past week in Mountain West, including North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Wisconsin.
Each of those states saw between 49 and 102 new infections per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.
North Dakota is a sparsely populated state, but the coronavirus has spread to more than 6,200 people in the past week alone.
The number of cases in South Dakota has increased by 4,360 in the past seven days.
Wisconsin has seen record-breaking infection rates over and over in recent weeks.
Yesterday alone, the state saw more new infections than South Dakota in the past week. Wisconsin reported 4,378 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday.
The upward trend in the number of cases has slowed somewhat, but the number of hospital admissions rises to more than 1,000 per day and an increase in the number of deaths could follow.
With a total of 190,478, about 3.2 percent of the state population has been diagnosed with coronavirus. In the past week alone, more than 24,000 of them tested positive.
In Montana, 26,503 coronavirus cases are considered confirmed or probable. Nearly 5,000 of them were diagnosed in the past week.
The number of cases in Idaho has increased by more than 6,000 in the past week. Yesterday alone, it saw 950 new infections.
Even as the daily number of cases in each of these rural states increases by the day, their death toll remains low.
Yesterday, Idaho recorded the highest death toll in more than a month: 11 deaths.
Still, the daily mean deaths are actually lower than in September.
Conversely, deaths in Montana are on the rise, with a record number on Thursday.
But the highest number of 23 deaths is still a fraction of the hundreds of daily fatalities reported in New York City when it was the epicenter of the pandemic in the spring.
Deaths are expected to increase as the meetings move indoors this winter, making transmission more likely, but experts hope that, as young people are now the main causers of infections and doctors are better at identifying and caring for COVID-19 patients, the death rates that will not rise back to their spring levels.
Nonetheless, researchers at the University of Washington predict that if more people don’t wear masks and don’t adhere to social distance, the death toll in the US will be over half a million in March.