The clusters are a “stark reminder” that New Yorkers need to stay vigilant, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
“Wear a mask, socially distance, follow the public health guidance — because this thing is not over,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this,” Fauci said in a Facebook and Twitter livestream.
In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday urged the state to stop a recent “escalation” of cases after reporting more than 1,000 new infections for the second day in a row.
“Today’s daily report is too high,” the governor said. “I need your help. It’s up to us and we’ve got to get this done.”
In Wisconsin, cases and hospitalizations are soaring. The state on Wednesday reported its highest ever number of Covid-19 hospitalizations — more than double the numbers seen in late August, when they were in the high 200s, Covid Tracking Project data show.
Wisconsin’s seven-day average of new daily official cases hit a high Wednesday — 2,334, well above the averages in the 600s and 700s seen in late August.
And in Illinois, the governor is tightening restrictions in one part of the state after an increase in positivity rates.
As of early Thursday, at least 27 states were reporting higher seven-day averages of new daily cases than a week ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Nationwide, more than 7.2 million people have been infected and more than 206,000 have died.
When a vaccine could be available to US population
On Wednesday, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said if its Covid-19 vaccine is proven safe and effective, it could be available to the general population by late March or early April.
“I think a late Q1, early Q2 approval is a reasonable timeline, based on what we know from our vaccine,” Bancel said at a conference hosted by the Financial Times.
But there are several steps that will have to come before that.
If the safety and efficacy data…