Increases seen across the country
The United States reported 60,315 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, with 933 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard. The country now has at least 8,312,109 confirmed infections, and 221,694 deaths.
As Butler noted, unlike the previous surges in the spring and the summer, which were driven by hot spots in the Northeast and the South, the “third wave” of infections are occurring in nearly every region of the country. The COVID Exit Strategy website lists 32 states as having uncontrolled spread, and 11 as trending poorly.
The Midwest continues to be one of the hardest-hit areas. In Wisconsin, which yesterday reported 4,591 new COVID-19 cases after working through a backlog of data caused by a weekend outage, Gov. Tony Evers pleaded with residents to start changing their behavior.
“If we continue to make excuses for not doing this, we will have more deaths, we will have more people with COVID-19, and, frankly, we will have a lot less economic activity in the state of Wisconsin,” Evers said at a press conference, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “This is a critical time, folks.”