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The CDC Predicts COVID Deaths Will Rise in This State

According to the CDC, one midwestern state is about to experience a spike of deaths as a result of COVID-19.

Every week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates their projection of how many lives will be lost as a result of COVID-19 over the next four weeks. Unfortunately, due to the infectious nature of the virus and the fact that we have yet to flatten the curve, these predictions tend to increase on a weekly basis. 

According to the CDC's August 21st update, by September 12 nearly 195,000 lives will be lost in the United States alone, with a possible range of 187,373 to 204,684 deaths. The last update, published August 13, predicted 189,000 deaths by September 5. (To make sure you're safe, don't miss this essential list of the Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.)

The CDC Predicts Minnesota Will See a Rise in COVID Deaths

There is also one state who will experience a surge in the number of deaths. "State- and territory-level ensemble forecasts predict that the number of reported new deaths per week will likely increase over the next four weeks in Minnesota and may decrease in 13 jurisdictions," the CDC writes.

According to the latest numbers in the state, the coronavirus confirmed case count has been rising dramatically, currently at 835 on a recent day. However, intensive care visits are down to their lowest levels in almost a month, down to 136 on Friday. 

"The way out of this mess is clear," Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the state's epidemiologist, said Wednesday per MPR, encouraging Minnesotans to wear masks in public indoor spaces, socially distance, stay away from large gatherings and get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

"Health care professionals and health care providers have their roles to play—and so does every single Minnesotan. We need people to do the right thing."

Lynfield also begged the younger population, responsible for a lot of the spread, to do their part—especially as schools begin to reopen.

"We're not going to be able to test our way out of this pandemic," she said. "Having a negative test doesn't mean you now have a green light to go and socialize and not to keep the distance. We're very concerned about the kind of messages — 'Well, you can just keep testing and people can use their BC, before COVID, behavior.' We have to work together."

These States Should See a Decrease in Deaths

On a more positive note, they predict that other states will experience a drop of new deaths. "Those with the greatest likelihood of a decrease over the next four weeks include Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina," said the CDC. 

According to data courtesy of Johns Hopkins University, at least 174,255 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, while over 794,000 have lost their lives as a result of the virus worldwide. As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.

Leah Groth
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