Cases are increasing by 5% or more based on a seven-day average in 34 states in the United States, including Arizona, Texas, California, Florida and Nevada.
“There are more cases. There are more hospitalizations in some of these places and soon you will see more deaths, “said Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House health consultant, in an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on Friday broadcast by the Milken. Institute.
“Even if the deaths happen as a country, that does not mean that you are not going to start seeing them happen now,” he said.
Deaths from Covid-19 lag behind other data points such as hospitalizations, which lag behind confirmed infections, as a person can take weeks to develop fully. On Friday, hospitalizations due to Covid-19 increased in 14 states, according to a CNBC analysis of data from the Covid Tracking Project.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force on Friday warned young people, who they believe are the source of new infections, that they may not be as vulnerable to serious illness but could infect someone. one that is.
“If there is a message going through today, I hope it tells young Americans in these states, and in these countries in particular, that they represent a large part of the numbers we see in the new case, “said Vice President Mike Pence. said at a press briefing.
Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, added that coronavirus poses a higher risk for people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes and significant obesity, which cover all age groups.
While the increase in the number of cases per day may reflect an increase in testing in some places, some states report higher positivity rates. The positivity rate indicates the percentage of tests that come back positive in a specific region. Epidemiologists say that this number may indicate how far the virus has spread in a community.
California’s positivity rate has risen to more than 5% in the past two weeks, as the state reports a record increase in the number of new daily cases. Texas’ positivity rate exceeded 10% on Wednesday, a level that raises a “warning flag,” according to Governor Greg Abbott. Arizona’s rate is now averaging more than 11 percent, according to the state health department.
Abbott said he would cancel part of the state’s reopening plan on Friday, shutting down state’s bars and reducing interior dining capacity, among other changes and closings.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate exceeds 10%, the State of Texas would take further steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a press release.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said Thursday state hospitals are under additional stress and are “likely to hit peak capacity very soon.” The state health department reported more than 3,500 new cases on Saturday, approaching the record high reached on Tuesday.
Arizona reported a 36% increase in hospitalizations on a seven-day average on Friday compared to a week ago on Friday. Its average number of daily cases has increased by more than 42%, according to data from John Hopkins.
“Covid-19 is widespread in Arizona. It is present in 15 of our counties. It is growing and growing rapidly in all age groups and all demographics. Anyone can contract this virus, and anyone can spread this virus, “he told reporters.
If the state reopening was a traffic light, Ducey said he would be in the “yellow” or “give in” position.
Florida has once again banned drinking from bars to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The state reported more than 9,600 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, the second day of new record cases, according to the state health department.
Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the state does not plan to continue with its reopening plan step by step. He added that the state “never planned” to continue progressing at this point.
“We are where we are. I didn’t say we were going to the next phase, “said DeSantis at a press conference.
The City of Miami on Thursday issued a warrant requiring face covers to be worn in public at all times until further notice. Those who challenge the order could be fined $ 50 and face court appearances for repeat offenses.
“All the options have to be on the table. When we see our hospitalizations increase, our intensive care beds increase, our ventilators increase. Always with sufficient capacity, but increasing. This is worrisome, “Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told CNN. Friday, when asked if he would consider instituting another home stay order.
– CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.