Wyoming, which last week set a record for new Covid-19 cases, relaxed rules around restaurants after the governor said the data showed restaurants were “not contributing significantly” to the spread of the virus in the state. Officials said several California counties were given the green light to move to less restrictive levels of plans to reopen the state.
As of early Wednesday, at least 26 states across the United States are reporting more new cases than the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Two of those, New Mexico and North Carolina, reported a 50% increase in new cases. Only eight countries experienced downtrends.
Kentucky Governor says spike in cases should be a ‘wake-up call’
In Kentucky, which saw the second highest new cases of COVID-19 daily Tuesday, Governor Andy Peachher described the increase as a “wake-up call.”
“We cannot let this thing get out of control again because we are tired,” Bashir said in a statement. “I said yesterday, I think we are at the beginning of a new escalation. We definitely see that in today’s numbers.”
Experts said the long months of the pandemic mean the US population is especially tired. Many across the country have given up avoiding crowds and taking precautions and pushing for a return to normal life – which weary officials say can be dangerous.
“We have to work harder,” Bashir said. “This is a war and we won many battles, but we cannot get away from the battlefield.”
In Wisconsin, the governor warned that Covid-19 cases are “getting faster” and announced that the state reported a spike in new cases in one day over the weekend.
“No party, no gathering, no pub is worth it,” said Governor Tony Evers.
In Missouri, health care officials say the state is now experiencing the “highest level of hospitalization” it has seen since the start of the pandemic.
“What we’re seeing right now in Missouri is widespread transmission across the state,” Missouri Hospital Association spokesman Dave Dillon told CNN. “These numbers reflect the fact that this is moving throughout societies and is not under control.”
A college student dies after complications from Covid-19
An Appalachian State Chancellor Sherry Everts said in a statement that an Appalachian State University student diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier this month died after suffering subsequent complications.
Everts said the student, Chad Dorrell, had returned home and was isolated after testing positive. Dorrill returned to Boone, where the university is located, as soon as the doctor approved it.
But after his return, Everts said the student had suffered “additional complications” and was rushed to hospital.
“Although the risk of serious illness is generally low, college-age adults can become seriously ill from COVID-19,” the chancellor said. “We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases among students.”
“We must all remain vigilant with our safety behaviors wherever we are in our community.”
CNN’s Andy Rose, Rebecca Reese, and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.