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Only 10 states are seeing downward trends in new Covid-19 cases, and NYC now has a surge

In this uphill battle against Covid-19, letting your foot off the gas too soon can send you backward.That's what places like New York City are discove...

Posted: Sep 28, 2020 5:06 PM

In this uphill battle against Covid-19, letting your foot off the gas too soon can send you backward.

That's what places like New York City are discovering after months of steady progress in fighting the pandemic.

And this is a very bad time to be going backward, as Americans face a trio of major challenges this fall: more indoor gatherings, a potential coronavirus-and-flu "twin-demic," and trying to get or keep students back in school safely.

Nationwide, 21 states reported more new cases this past week compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Only 10 states are showing downward trends in new cases -- Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware and Maryland -- and 19 states are holding steady.

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But in many states, "it's not only that the number of infections keeps on going up. It's also that the test positivity rates are trending in the wrong direction," emergency medicine physician Dr. Leana Wen said Monday.

A test positivity rate is the percentage of test results that turn out to be positive. The World Health Organization has recommended test positivity rates stay at or below 5% for at least 14 days before businesses reopen.

"We're seeing more than a dozen states with a test positivity is over 10%. And there are two states -- Idaho and South Dakota -- where the test positivity is over 20%," Wen said.

"That means that not only do we have increasing infections in these states, we also don't have nearly enough testing."

Cases 'grow at an alarming rate' in parts of NYC

For the first time since early June, New York state reported more than 1,000 new cases Saturday -- prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to warn that this virus "remains a force to be reckoned with throughout the country."

"It's vital that New Yorkers continue to practice the basic behaviors that drive our ability to fight Covid-19 as we move into the fall and flu season," Cuomo said. "Wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands make a critical difference."

In New York City, "COVID-19 cases continue to grow at an alarming rate in eight neighborhoods in the city, outpacing the citywide average by 3.3 times over the past 14 days," the city health department said Sunday.

New York state was once the US epicenter of this pandemic, but the rates of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths have plummeted in recent months.

The decreases came after New York shut down and mandated masks in public early. The state also ramped up testing capabilities on its own when testing was scarce nationwide.

New York state boasted a test positivity rate of less than 1% for more than a month. But that streak has been broken, with the test positivity rate hovering around 1.02% in recent days.

"We cannot drop our guard," Cuomo warned.

That's especially true as public schools in New York City reopen to students this week. But officials could decide to close schools, limit gatherings and issue fines for not wearing masks.

New York City has reported more than 237,000 of the state's 455,626 total Covid-19 cases. But with a seven-day average of 224 new cases a day, the city is still nowhere near its April peak, when more than 5,000 new cases were reported every day.

Nationwide, more than 7.1 million people have been infected with coronavirus, and more than 204,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data.

And health experts warn the US could see an explosion of new infections this fall and winter if people get more lax about precautions and spend more time indoors.

Authorities crack down on large gatherings

Weddings and other social events have spawned outbreaks nationwide, with deaths linked to a wedding in Maine and the Sturgis Motorcyle Rally in South Dakota.

Now authorities are stepping up efforts to end gatherings where the virus can easily spread.

Sheriff's deputies broke up a wedding of about 300 people Friday evening in Queens, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said.

Both the owner and manager of the venue face multiple misdemeanor charges.

In Maryland, a man was sentenced to a year in prison Friday after holding two large parties in late March in violation of the state's social distancing rules, which banned gatherings of more than 10 people, Gov. Larry Hogan's office said.

The man started arguing after he was told to disband his first party of about 50 people, the state attorney's office said. Five days later, he held a second party of more than 50 people that he refused to end, saying they had a right to congregate.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 352891

Reported Deaths: 7597
CountyCasesDeaths
Hinds24704451
DeSoto23619283
Harrison21395335
Jackson15984255
Rankin15957294
Madison11224227
Lee10952180
Jones9316171
Forrest9136163
Lauderdale8211244
Lamar736590
Lowndes7253152
Lafayette6658125
Washington5681140
Pearl River5396155
Oktibbeha506598
Bolivar5022134
Warren4828128
Panola4823112
Marshall4759106
Pontotoc455773
Neshoba4487181
Hancock444488
Union441479
Monroe4390138
Lincoln4247116
Pike3771114
Leflore3696125
Alcorn362474
Tate356188
Sunflower351794
Adams350690
Scott349177
Yazoo344877
Copiah333569
Simpson329191
Itawamba318581
Tippah316569
Coahoma316385
Covington305584
Prentiss304163
Leake291976
Marion291882
George285851
Wayne282345
Grenada272488
Newton269264
Tishomingo241670
Stone240038
Winston238484
Jasper236248
Attala229974
Chickasaw222760
Clay204654
Holmes204374
Clarke190480
Tallahatchie185842
Smith184936
Calhoun184632
Yalobusha174241
Walthall151249
Lawrence146426
Greene144735
Amite140144
Noxubee137635
Perry137038
Montgomery134644
Carroll127531
Webster125132
Jefferson Davis121334
Tunica116627
Benton108425
Claiborne106131
Kemper105029
Humphreys102533
Franklin88724
Quitman86819
Choctaw83619
Wilkinson79632
Jefferson72328
Sharkey52018
Issaquena1746
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 595816

Reported Deaths: 11561
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson865251591
Mobile50436872
Madison37905534
Shelby27652260
Tuscaloosa27422465
Montgomery26428628
Baldwin26175329
Lee17414181
Calhoun15549334
Morgan15265291
Etowah15106372
Marshall13248236
Houston12297294
Elmore11006220
St. Clair10903252
Limestone10867158
Cullman10643206
Lauderdale10374255
DeKalb9603193
Talladega9032188
Walker7873288
Autauga7635114
Blount7463140
Jackson7450117
Colbert6780142
Coffee6515132
Dale5803117
Covington4864125
Russell483543
Chilton4828117
Franklin465681
Tallapoosa4591156
Escambia457583
Chambers4007125
Dallas3756164
Clarke374663
Marion3490107
Pike336979
Lawrence3280100
Winston301973
Bibb293766
Geneva293083
Marengo263867
Barbour254361
Pickens247962
Butler243672
Hale236979
Fayette228565
Henry218845
Monroe206941
Randolph203844
Cherokee201748
Washington189439
Macon172252
Crenshaw171758
Clay167659
Cleburne161845
Lamar152638
Lowndes146555
Wilcox132731
Bullock126542
Conecuh123032
Coosa119729
Perry111228
Sumter110933
Greene99937
Choctaw64525
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