Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the number of new coronavirus cases recorded every day has leveled off to an “ alarmingly high level. ”
On Wednesday, the country reported 75,038 infections with a seven-day moving average of 65,882, marking the 13th consecutive day that the average has exceeded 60,000, according to DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Earlier this week, the country’s top infectious disease expert said he believed the mass vaccination campaign in the US would prevent a fourth wave of cases.
But speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fauci said he is concerned that the number of daily cases has not declined noticeably for some time.
“Well, sure, the number of deaths is going down, the number of hospitalizations is going down … but the number that is troubling is the number of cases per day,” said the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
‘When we had the big peak [in the winter]… then it came down again, but now the plateau is at an alarmingly high level … if you are at that level, there is a risk that you will get another wave.
“It’s almost a race between vaccinating people and this wave that seems to be increasing.”
In addition, nearly half of the U.S. states, 22 in all, are reporting an increase in the number of new cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
It’s because the US also registered 2,570 COVID-19-related fatalities, the highest figure since Feb. 24, the analysis shows.
Since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded more than 30.9 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 559,000 deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Wednesday that the cases have leveled off at an “ alarmingly high level, ” and that there is a risk of a wave just a day after he said he believed the US massive vaccination campaign would prevent a fourth wave.
On Wednesday, the country registered 75,038 infections with a seven-day moving average of 65,882, marking the 13th day in a row that the average has exceeded 60,000
A total of 2,570 COVID-19 fatalities were recorded Wednesday, the highest number since Feb. 24
According to data from Johns Hopkins, nearly half of the U.S. states, 22 in all, are reporting an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases.
According to data from Johns Hopkins, the US averaged more than 64,800 cases per day for the past week.
That figure is 15 percent higher than two weeks ago and 20 percent higher than three weeks ago, the analysis by DailyMail.com shows.
Fauci told CNN there are a few reasons for the high rate of cases, including a high number of infections in daycare centers and school sports teams.
“I think that explains this wave of cases in young individuals,” he said.
To back up his claim, he noted that more than 75 percent of Americans age 65 or older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fauci said the other reason for the spike in cases is the variant first identified in the UK known as B.1.1.7.
At a press conference yesterday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said the variant has become the dominant strain in the US.
To avoid a wave, Fauci urged the general public to get vaccinated when it is their turn and to continue to follow public health measures such as wearing masks and social distancing.
“Hang around there a little longer … Now is not the time, as I have said so many times, to declare victory prematurely,” he said.
Michigan continues to lead the country in COVID-19 cases, registering 9,369 on Wednesday – the highest US total and a 101 percent increase from two weeks ago.
Michigan continues to lead the country in COVID-19 cases, registering 9,369 on Wednesday, up 101% from two weeks ago
A recent Michigan Medicine model predicts that as early as April 12, a registered 4,522 Michiganders could be hospitalized with COVID-19
On Wednesday, Illinois registered 2,815 new cases, an increase of 19% from the 2,279 cases reported 14 days earlier
1,597 infections were reported in Minnesota, an increase of 12% from two weeks ago
The Great Lake State also leads the nation in the number of hospital and intensive care beds used to treat coronavirus patients.
Currently 11.9 percent of hospital beds are in use, an increase of more than 200 percent since the end of February.
Michigan Live reported that the state is currently treating 3,595 patients with COVID-19, a 32 percent increase from a week ago and a 71 percent increase from a month ago.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said health officials are keeping a close eye on hospital numbers, which will help determine whether or not the restrictions are tightened.
“You know, we talk to our hospitals every day to check in, see what the rates are, and if they have any concerns,” Whitmer said Wednesday, according to Michigan Live.
“Right now … we have hospital admissions that are up, but they don’t look like what we saw last spring, when we were so worried about the collapse of our health system.”
However, a recent model from Michigan Medicine predicts that 4,522 Michiganders could be hospitalized with COVID-19 as early as April 12, Michigan Live reported.
That would be a record high, even higher than the 4,365 patients hospitalized at the peak of the April 2020 peak.
Michigan isn’t the only state in the Upper Midwest to report an increase in new cases and hospitalizations. Both Illinois and Minnesota are also seeing peaks.
On Wednesday, Illinois registered 2,815 new cases, up 19 percent from the 2,279 reported 14 days earlier, data from Johns Hopkins shows.
And 1,597 infections were reported in Minnesota, a 12 percent increase from two weeks ago.
Pennsylvania also reports a spike in the number of cases, with more than 4,600 cases on Wednesday, a 75 percent increase in the average infection rate since mid-March.
The rise in the state is believed to be related to B.1.1.7, which now accounts for about 46% of the samples analyzed by the genetic testing company Helix
Cases are also increasing in Pennsylvania, which reported more than 4,600 cases on Wednesday.
According to an analysis of The Philadelphia Inquirerinfections have increased nearly 75 percent since mid-March, from a moving average of 2,500 cases per day to 4,200 cases per day.
Hospital admissions are also on the rise with 2,384 patients hospitalized on Wednesday with COVID-19, according to data from the Department of Health.
That’s an increase of 46 percent from the 1,631 patients reported two weeks ago.
The increase in the number of cases and hospital admissions is believed to be the result of an increase in the number of cases related to B.1.1.7.
The researcher found that the variant made up nearly half of the Pennsylvania samples, 46 percent, analyzed by a genetic testing company Helix
It represents a huge leap from mid-March, when only 20 percent of cases were related to the variant.