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On Labor Day Eve, COVID-19 Incidence Rises In 22 US States
However, this growth is not very noticeable on a national scale due to a significant decrease in incidence in the most populated states.
Coronavirus incidence is on the rise in 22 of the 50 U.S. states, according to an analysis by Reuters, an alarming trend in the long weekend ending Labor Day (September 7), traditionally accompanied by family gatherings and parties..
Just three weeks ago, the number of new cases of COVID-19 was growing in only three states – Illinois, South Dakota and Hawaii, according to the results of an analysis comparing the two-week period from August 8 to 22 with the last two weeks..
Most of the 22 states currently experiencing an increase in incidence are in the sparsely populated areas of the Midwest and Southern United States..
In percentage terms, the largest increase in the past two weeks (126 percent) occurred in South Dakota, with 3,700 new cases. Health authorities attribute the surge to the hundreds of thousands of bikers who traveled to Sturgis in August for the annual rally..
Incidence is also skyrocketing in Iowa, with 13,600 new cases in the past two weeks, and in North Dakota, with 3,600 new infections..
Growth in these states is less pronounced nationwide due to declining incidence in the most populous states: California, Florida and Texas..
In California alone, over the past two weeks, the number of new cases has decreased by 39 thousand compared to the previous two weeks. In comparison, over the same period, the number of new cases in the aforementioned 22 states increased by 37,000, according to analysis of data by state and county conducted by Reuters..
Although the number of new cases across the country has declined from peaks in July, the country entered Labor Day weekend with an average of 44,000 cases per day, double the number of days leading up to Memorial Day weekend (23- May 25).
Many health experts link July spike in July to Memorial Day crowds.
The total number of Americans who have died from coronavirus approaches 190 thousand.
The rise in the incidence has also been fueled by the reopening of schools and colleges in many neighborhoods, as well as mass events that defied expert warnings, from protests against racial injustice to rallies in support of President Donald Trump..
The government’s chief infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said it was imperative to contain the epidemic before the cold weather, when, along with COVID-19, there is likely to be an increase in the incidence of influenza, and more people will be in enclosed spaces, increasing the risk of infection..