When asked if the U.S. had "turned a corner" on coronavirus, per Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, responded: "I'm not sure what he means. There are certain states that are actually doing well in the sense of that the case numbers are coming down," he told CNN's Jim Acosta on The Situation Room, but added, "all concern right now is that there are a number of states who are starting to have an uptick in what we call percent positive of testing, which generally is a predictor that there's going to be a problem." Read on to see which states are in trouble, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"Michigan will remain under a State of Emergency for the coronavirus pandemic at least until October," reports ABC 12. "Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the current State of Emergency until Oct. 1." "We must continue to take this seriously and do everything we can to protect ourselves and all Michiganders from COVID-19," Whitmer said. "By extending the state of emergency, we can continue the crucial work needed to save lives."
MPR reports: "Minnesotans' behavior in stores, restaurants and other public places isn't so much the problem now, but 'informal gatherings have really proven to be a weak spot in our response to the pandemic,' Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said this week." "We're in a more precarious situation today" compared to then, Malcolm said. "There is risk in this situation. The virus is all over the state. The outbreaks are happening all over the state … and we just want people to be vigilant."
"Local governments will discuss mandating mask wearing in public and turning other coronavirus guidelines into requirements at their next meetings following a recommendation from the Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force on Friday," reports the Bismarck Tribune. "The guidance came as state health officials reported a record number of active COVID-19 cases statewide, and another big jump in Burleigh and Morton counties."
"South Dakota is one of the nation's hot spots for COVID-19 infections. That didn't stop another large-scale event from kicking off Thursday," reports USA Today. "The rural South Dakota State Fair, which reported an attendance of 205,000 people last year, is set to run through Labor Day…It comes on the heels of the state's two largest events: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the The Sioux Empire Fair. In the weeks following those events, South Dakota has emerged as a virus hotbed, according to data analysis."
"As of Saturday, September 5, Montana reports a cumulative total of 8,164 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 146 new cases since yesterday, 1,829 active cases, and 116 deaths from the disease," reports Montana Free Press. "State officials also report that 477 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 151 patients currently hospitalized, and 6,219 patients considered recovered."
Other States are Seeing Upticks Also
Fauci didn't explicitly name them in the CNN interview, but the day before he expressed concern over the numbers in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas. No matter where you live, wear a face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, avoid crowds and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.