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Dr. Fauci Says If You Live Here, You're in Trouble

COVID has filled ICUs here. Where will you go if you get sick? 
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

Whether or not you fear the coronavirus, the pandemic puts you in danger because a hospital near you may be full. If you or someone you love gets sick, they may not be able to see you in time. "We are perilously close," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN yesterday. "You're going to be in a situation where you're going to have to make some very tough choices." "Eight states had more than 90% of their adult ICU beds occupied Sunday," reports CNN. Read on to see if a state near you is on the list—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

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Alabama

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The situation here is getting worse now that schools have reopened. "Alabama schools reported more than 9,195 virus cases in students and staff in the past week, a surge that has caused more schools to make a temporary switch to remote learning," says the AP. "Superintendent Eric Mackey … said the statewide spike in COVID-19 cases — fueled by the highly contagious delta variant — came at the same time schools were opening for the academic year." "We had dozens of students sent home on the first day of school, and then more and more," Mackey said. "Now we have scores of campuses that are closed to in-person instruction."

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Georgia

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"After a near-death experience battling COVID-19, a city councilman in Coweta County says he's had a change of heart," reports 11 Alive. "Before he contracted the virus, self-proclaimed conservative Grantville councilman Jim Sells said he didn't trust health experts and was skeptical when it came to the vaccine. But then in late July, he tested positive for the virus." He may not go home. "I'm not going to take this gift from God in the hospital and not try to do something to pass the word to my group of hard-headed conservatives," he said. "You gotta consider the vaccination."

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Texas

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"With at least 13,790 COVID-19 patients, most of them unvaccinated, hospitalized in Texas on Thursday, the state marked a week hovering at just below the record set in January for hospitalizations during the pandemic, according to numbers released by the Texas Department of State Health Services," reports the Texas Tribune. "The state's previous pandemic peak of 14,218 hospitalized COVID-19 patients was reported Jan. 11 during the deadliest wave of infections the state had seen since the virus was first reported in Texas in March 2020."

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Arkansas

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Reports KATV: "Arkansas on Thursday (Sept. 2) reported 34 COVID-19 deaths, pushing the cumulative total to 7,003 and above the estimated 7,000 Arkansas deaths caused by the Spanish flu in 1918-19. The ongoing 'public health war' is trending toward a 'strategic defeat,' said Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor and CEO of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)."

"The virus has taken the lives of over 7,000 Arkansans. I cannot count on two hands the number of friends and associates I know who have died from Covid-19," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. "My heart goes out to every family and friend who has lost a loved one to this virus. It's a somber reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken and a reminder that we must continue to fight this virus together to save lives."

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Florida

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"As Florida appears to be turning the corner from a coronavirus rampage that fueled record new infections, hospitalizations and deaths, its residents and leaders are surveying the damage left from more than 7,000 deaths reported since July Fourth and the scars inflicted by feuds over masks and vaccines," reports the Washington Post. "New infections were averaging more than 22,000 a day in the last days of August but have fallen to about 19,000. Yet recovery could prove fleeting: Holiday weekends such as Labor Day have acted as a tinderbox for earlier outbreaks, and late summer marks the return of students to college campuses."

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Mississippi

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"Mississippi has now surpassed the state of New York, the nation's original pandemic hotspot, in total COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents," reports the Mississippi Free Press. "The only state where the pandemic has proven deadlier than the Magnolia State is New Jersey. Mississippi displaced New York with a report of 65 additional deaths on Friday—a day after Gov. Tate Reeves told a Tennessee audience that southerners are 'a little less scared' of COVID-19 due to their religious faith."

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Nevada

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"Nevada on Friday reported 1,407 new coronavirus cases and 18 additional deaths over the preceding day, capping a week in which three of the state's four main COVID-19 metrics declined," reported the Review Journal. "Updated figures from the Department of Health and Human Services' coronavirus website brought totals in the state to 394,595 cases and 6,583 deaths since the pandemic began."

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Kentucky

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"Kentucky's Democratic governor on Sunday described the state's surge of Covid cases as 'dire,' and pointed out that Republican state lawmakers had limited his options to control the record wave of infections there," reports the New York Times. "If I had the ability to do it right now, we would have a masking order when you are in public and indoors," said Gov. Andy Beshear, on NBC's Meet the Press. "We know that's a proven way to slow the spread of the virus and ultimately help our health care capacity."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
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