Moving away from areas hit earlier this year, the latest jump in cases of the Coronavirus is taking place in a broad swath of states outside of the Northeast and Sunbelt states, as the average number of daily new cases in the United States is up by over 40 percent in just the last month, to nearly 50,000 cases per day.
“I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview on CNBC Monday night, as the nation’s top infectious disease expert warned of troubles ahead.
“We’re in a bad place now we’ve got to turn this around,” as Fauci said test positivity is going up, along with hospitalizations and new cases.
The states which registered new highs in their 7-day average of new daily virus cases basically span the areas not hit hard earlier this year:
New Mexico, Indiana, Montana, Wyoming, Illinois, South Dakota, North Dakota, Ohio, Idaho, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kentucky
The evidence of the surge may be most obvious in Wisconsin, where hospitalizations hit a record number on Monday, as the state has had the third highest number of cases in the past week, behind only Texas and California.
The story is the same in the Dakotas, where hospitalizations continue to rise. While the numbers pale in comparison to big states like California, when the data is adjusted per 100,000 population, North and South Dakota have some of the worst virus conditions in the nation.
And the headlines continue to tell the same story in other states across the Midwest, Plains, northern Plains, and Intermountain West:
“Kansas reports another record spike in Coronavirus cases.”
“Nebraska sees a new spike in Coronavirus cases.”
“Confirmed Coronavirus cases in Oklahoma soar past 100,000.”
The 7-day average for the number of deaths reported continues to hover around 700 people per day in the United States - which is 21,000 per month.
The U.S. is closing in on 8 million official cases of the virus, with over 215,000 deaths.
In his Monday interviews on CNBC and CNN, Fauci also expressed frustration with President Trump’s campaign, for an advertisement which uses video of him - out of context - seemingly endorsing the President’s Coronavirus plans.
Fauci made clear he’s not going to be forced out of his job.
“I have devoted my entire professional life to fighting infectious diseases,” Fauci said on CNBC.
“This is an outbreak of historic proportions, the likes of which we have not seen in 102 years - there’s no chance that I’m going to give up on this and walk away from it,” he added.