With national coronavirus infection rates slowly down, booster injections now available for many Americans, and anticipated vaccine clearance for young children on the horizon, there is a growing sense of hope across the country.
As The Temperature Cools, Northern States Report An Increase In Covid-19 Infections And Hospitalizations
Hospitalizations are declining in southern states like Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia, which were hard struck by the delta surge early on. Despite the encouraging findings, doctors urge Americans to be cautious as the highly contagious delta strain continues to circulate.
Despite vaccination campaigns, certain states, particularly those with colder climates, are seeing an increase in illnesses.
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb told CNN earlier this month that there is an increase in instances in colder regions of the nation and when people are pushed indoors without masks. The delta wave has not yet swept through the United States… I believe we have a few months left. For weeks, experts have been warning that colder places may see an increase in cases this winter.
They could be seeing the delta rise in northern sections of the nation that were largely spared throughout the summer, said John Brownstein, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an ABC News contributor.
According to recently released projections from the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, infection rates in parts of the Midwest and Mountain states remained “stubbornly high,” and that despite declining transmission in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California, a period of resurgence may be on the horizon for northern regions of the country.
According to federal data, many counties in Minnesota and Michigan have seen a significant increase in cases, while other states (Delaware, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming) are reporting high transmission in nearly every county.
Coronaviruses flourish in the winter and colder climates. As incidences decrease, now is not the time to feel complacent since we know colder winter is on the way.
Local increases in cases are accompanied by an increase in hospitalizations. Hospital admissions are already increasing in ten states (Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wyoming).
Forecasters in Montana highlighted that cities are witnessing the greatest rates of case incidence and hospitalizations recorded across the epidemic, reflecting what happened in Idaho last month. Similarly, the outlook in Utah continues to deteriorate, particularly in the Salt Lake City region, as the resurgence expands to a larger geographic area.
Despite the fact that approximately two-thirds of Americans have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, more than 112 million Americans remain unvaccinated. Approximately 64 million of those unvaccinated Americans are above the age of 12 and thus are now eligible to receive the vaccine.
According to PolicyLab experts, it is vital for communities to act now to maximize vaccines among children and adults so that they may avert local spikes in all regions this winter and ultimately move toward the pandemic’s last days.