White House Coronavirus Task Force Warns of Rise in Cases in More Populated States

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“Stabilization in the northern plains, upper Midwest and some states in the Rockies and Heartland is offset by significant deterioration in more populous states (82% of the population),” according to reports sent to the states by the group. work and obtained by CNN, echoing comments from Dr Deborah Birx during a call with the country’s governors earlier this week.

The reports offered another week of gloomy assessments, saying, “The fall wave merges with the post-Thanksgiving wave to create a winter wave with the fastest increasing cases; the widest spread, with more than 2,000 counties in COVID red zones; and the longest duration, now entering the 9th week, that we have known. ”

Despite this outbreak and a “threat to hospital systems,” the task force warned that “many states and local governments are not implementing the same mitigation policies that stemmed the tide of the summer wave,” citing indoor gatherings at home and calling for a “significant reduction in capacity or closure of public and private indoor spaces, including restaurants and bars.” ”

Americans, according to reports, should “(understand) the obvious risks of ANY family or friendly interaction outside of their immediate home indoors without a mask.” This behavior, however, has not been modeled by the White House amid dozens of indoor parties over the past two weeks.

In the days leading up to Christmas, the task force told state officials to “warn against any gathering during the December holidays.”
The reports – obtained by CNN just days after a vaccine was initially distributed to frontline healthcare workers in the United States – also urged states to prioritize the next level of people who will receive vaccines, citing striking data.

“Ensure a full analysis of the next priority of vaccinations; understand that vaccinating people over 65 will have the greatest impact on hospitalizations and deaths. For people over 70 with a COVID infection, 20% or more are admitted and almost 10% die, ”according to reports told me.

This week’s reports also offered treatment advice, recommending monoclonal antibodies for those with mild and moderate cases “but who are at high risk of serious outcomes”, remdesivir for “patients requiring hospitalization” and dexamethasone “for advanced hospital patients. .. which require an oxygen supply, in particular ventilation. ”

And the task force urged states to “please use all antigen testing during this current push to find community asymptomatic spread.” ”

This week, Rhode Island is the state with the most new cases by population, followed by Ohio, North Dakota, Indiana, Tennessee, Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, South Dakota and Kansas among the top ten.

The reports also provided a state ranking of Covid-19-related hospital admissions per 100 hospital beds. Arizona had the most inpatient admissions, followed by Maryland, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, Nevada and Ohio in the top ten.

Iowa recorded the most deaths by population, followed by North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Colorado in the top ten.

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