Public health experts are warning that the upcoming months could bring a difficult surge in the coronavirus as the majority of states are reporting increases in new infections.
The U.S. recorded roughly 58,000 new cases on Monday – the highest for a Monday in about three months. Monday numbers are typically one of the lowest of the week.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that over half of U.S. states are seeing increases in their new coronavirus cases. North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota and Wisconsin are some of the states seeing the largest jumps in cases.
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More than 37,000 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, according to The COVID Tracking Project. An analysis from CNBC found that the weekly averages for hospitalizations across 37 states were growing 5% or more as of Sunday.
Some experts have warned that the U.S. has entered the third peak of its coronavirus outbreak. As the U.S. heads deeper into fall and winter, and cold weather pushes more people indoors, researchers believe the virus will spread more easily. The challenge could also be compounded by the flu season.
Officials in the U.S. report more than 8.2 million cases and over 220,000 deaths. California, Texas and Florida report the most infections of any states, followed by New York, Illinois and Georgia.
Deaths have not increased in the same way infections and hospitalizations have, though fatalities tend to lag behind the other two metrics.
While President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that the U.S. is “rounding the corner” on the coronavirus outbreak, leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci recently told “60 Minutes” that it is “impossible to say” where the outbreak stands.
“When you have a million deaths and over 30 million infections globally, you cannot say that we’re on the road to essentially getting out of this,” Fauci said.
The wide-ranging interview led to renewed criticism of Fauci from Trump, with the president calling him a “disaster.”