Confirmed COVID-19 cases have surged in Alabama, reaching an all-time high this week, nearly two weeks after the state reopened. The numbers are startling: The state has had 490 new daily cases five times in the past seven days. “We’ve had this week a couple of the highest days we’ve seen in number of cases, and that’s certainly concerning to us,” State health officer Dr. Scott Harris said, according to AL.com. As of Friday afternoon, Alabama had 16,988 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Arkansas has seen a consistent rise in cases over the past 30 days, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health. Currently, there are 1,930 active cases of COVID-19 in the state. The infection rate is also steadily climbing and is now at 7.5 percent. Throughout the course of the pandemic, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson did not issue a statewide stay-at-home order.
The state has seen a 35 percent increase in confirmed cases in the past 14 days, according to data tracking website COVID Exit Strategy as of Thursday evening. Sonoma County, which was the first to reopen in the state, has reported 303 new cases of the virus in the past 14 days and doubling its case rate during that time, according to the Los Angeles Times. Similar situations are being seen in other areas of the state, and some public health officials have walked back some previously loosened guidelines, the Times reports. In California, there are 106,886 confirmed cases as of Thursday, according to the California Department of Public Health.
This state has seen a 43 percent increase in cases over the past two weeks, according to COVID Exit Strategy data from Thursday evening. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press briefing this week that he’s “very concerned” after the state had some of its highest numbers in COVID-linked hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began. As of Friday morning, there are 27,488 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Cases of the virus continue to spike in the state, and it looks like it could get worse. Data from the New York Times suggests select metropolitan areas in Virginia, such as Roanoke and Charlottesville, are just days away from reaching new highs in cases. There are 44,477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, according to the Virginia Department of Public Health.
On May 14, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court struck down the state’s stay-at-home order, ruling that state officials had not followed the proper protocol for creating the limits for state residents. There are currently 16,974 confirmed cases in the state as of Friday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The state just saw its highest single-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths this week, according to data from the New York Times.
The story is the same in several states and metropolitan areas across the country, and public health experts aren’t exactly shocked. “It’s to be expected,” Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells Yahoo Life.
In some areas, public health officials are scaling back measures to reopen, while others are not, putting a lot of the public safety responsibility on individuals.