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Virus Expert Warns These 13 States Will Have Next Surge

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There's good news and then there's worse news, when it comes to the COVID-19 spread.

"Fortunately activity seems to be letting up in states like Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Arkansas, Missouri, great news," says virus expert Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, in the latest edition of his podcast. "But at the same time, we're now seeing activity continue to trend upwards, remain at high levels, in many other parts of the country." Read on to see which states are on the list—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.



Louisville Kentucky

"Younger Kentuckians are dying more frequently from COVID-19 as the state's supply of ICU beds dipped below 100 for only the third time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday," reports "The percentage of Kentuckians dying from COVID-19 who are 30 to 49 years old has increased fivefold since May, with that age group accounting for 11 percent of deaths since June, Beshear said. The Democratic governor reported that Kentucky only has 93 adult ICU beds available and 66 of the 96 acute care hospitals in the state have critical staffing shortages."


South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, USA town skyline.

"Less than a week after Gov. Henry McMaster and state health officials touted the effectiveness — and availability — of monoclonal antibodies for treating COVID-19, South Carolina is facing a shortage of the promising therapy," reports the State. "The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday federal officials had informed them the state would receive only about one-third of the 13,000 monoclonal antibody doses providers had ordered for next week due to a national shortage of the increasingly sought after drugs. As a result, DHEC will be forced to ration monoclonal antibody doses, which are used to treat patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 before their disease progresses, much like the agency did with vaccines when their supply was limited."


West Virginia

West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, USA.

"COVID-19 patients in hospitals in West Virginia have passed 900 as of Friday. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported 922 COVID patients were hospitalized, including 277 in intensive care units and 169 on ventilators," reports WCHS. "Health officials also reported 2,320 new positive cases and 57 additional deaths. Active cases were at 29,744, which is the highest it has been since the start of the pandemic. the previous record – 29,257 – was met in January 2021. The state's COVID death toll is now 3,370."

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Neon signs on Lower Broadway Area on November 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

"Tennessee leads the nation in new COVID-19 cases per capita, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found," reports CBS. "According to data compiled by the New York Times over the last week, the state has seen an average of over 8,300 new coronavirus infections each day. Health experts believe part of the alarming number has to do with a low rate of vaccinations, particularly among children."

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Texas Flag waving in front of the Perfect Austin Texas USA Skyline

"Doctors said there's no single reason for the low vaccination numbers, although vaccine hesitancy and misinformation have played a role," reports the Texas Tribune. "Recently, pregnant patients with COVID-19 have come in to Texas hospitals at levels not seen earlier in the pandemic, according to some doctors, illustrating the severity and contagiousness of the delta variant amid the state's most recent COVID-19 surge."

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West Montana

Sunset in Montana

"The surge of COVID-19 cases is leading to rationed health care at a Helena-area hospital. Hospitals around the region say they are hitting capacity," reports Montana Public Radio. "Dr. Shelly Harkins, the president and chief medical officer of Helena's Saint Peter's Health made this sobering announcement Thursday morning." "For the first time in my career we are at the point where not every patient in need will get the care we might wish we could give."

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boise idaho

"In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization," reports the AP. "The decisions marked an escalation of the pandemic in several Western states struggling to convince skeptical people to get vaccinated."

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Wyoming welcome sign

"The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 583 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Thursday, September 16 update.

The new cases reported brought the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 68,174 since the pandemic began," reports Oil City News. "There are 3,081 active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming, 188 more than there were on Wednesday. The state has been adding an average of 352.6 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days."

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The Midwest

South Dakota Welcome sign

Osterholm warned of COVID spreading "in the Midwest, the Dakotas, Ohio, Indiana, even to some degree Minnesota. So right now we're really more or less in a holding pattern until we can get more people vaccinated. This virus is going to keep being transmitted. It may very well come down to a new baseline, which could be much higher than what it is."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Female patient smiling behind the face mask and with her eyes, while getting flu shot

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
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek