COVID-19 Cases Rising in 39 States – 9 Months into the Pandemic: ‘We are overwhelmed’

October 9, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified October 12, 2020

According to this article by USA TODAY, U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 7.5 million on Wednesday, with most states seeing a rise in cases. An analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday shows Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming all set state records in the seven-day period. In all, 39 states reported more coronavirus cases in the last week than they had in the week before.

Lucy McBride, an internal medicine physician at Foxhall Internists in Washington, D.C., said that more than nine months after the virus was discovered in China, no treatments are available for patients suffering mild to moderate illness from the virus. “We only have treatments for our sickest, hospitalized patients,” she told USA TODAY. “Currently there is no proven (treatments) for the majority of patients with COVID-19. Our best and only defense against viral transmission is our own behavior. Masks, distancing, avoiding crowded spaces, and hand-washing as we buy time for drug development.”

The state of Wisconsin is struggling with some of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, and Governor Tony Evers ordered capping at 25% of capacity starting Thursday for indoor bars and restaurants, despite repeated legal challenges from to such measures.

“We’re in a crisis right now and need to immediately change our behavior to save lives,” said Evers. “There’s no other way to put it, we are overwhelmed.”

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