“We went down to the lowest point lately in early September, around 30,000-35,000 new cases a day. Now we’re back up to (about) 50,000 new cases a day. And it’s going to continue to rise,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
“This is the fall/winter surge that everyone was worried about. And now it’s happening. And it’s happening especially in the northern Midwest, and the Northern states are getting hit very hard — Wisconsin, Montana, the Dakotas. But it’s going to be nationally soon enough.”
In Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock said recent case counts are as “high right now as they were at the height of the pandemic back in May.”
He said hospitalizations have also soared, and residents could face tighter Covid-19 restrictions if the numbers keep going up.
“This winter — this November, December, January, February — could be the worst time in our epidemic,” Hotez said. “Get ready to hunker down.”
How overwhelmed hospitals can affect all patients
As we’ve seen throughout this pandemic, surges in new Covid-19 cases lead to increased hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks.
At least 10 states have reported record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations since Friday, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.
“Hospitals could again become overwhelmed,” emergency medicine physician Dr. Leana Wen said. “And then we’re not just talking about patients with coronavirus who might be in trouble. It’s also about other patients who might be coming in for heart attacks and strokes and car accidents who may find a situation that’s really untenable.”
And some healthcare workers in the US still don’t have adequate personal protective equipment and testing supplies, emergency medicine physician Dr. Megan Ranney said.
“We’re quite fearful for what we are heading into,” she said.
13% increase in child Covid-19 cases in 2 weeks
More children are also being diagnosed with Covid-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
The report looked at data from health departments in 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Children represented about 10.7% of Covid-19 cases in the states…