The US’ road to stopping COVID-19 remains rocky. As the summer showed some progress, most of the country has fallen back on old habits. The US is now approaching 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. 

COVID-19 in the US

CNN reports that the US has made some progress after a challenging summer. However, last week saw a rise in cases in 31 states, which is a 10% increase over the previous week’s numbers. Meanwhile, only four states have seen a case decrease: Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Michigan.

On the other hand, 15 states have shown neither a rise nor a fall in cases. These states include Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington.

More US Numbers

In the CNN report, the positivity rate of cases has risen in 25 states. This rate means the percent of positive results among all tests. About this rise, Dr. Ashish Jha said that experts had feared this scenario after Labor Day. Dr. Jha is the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

On Friday, Utah recorded 1,117 new cases. In response, Gov. Gary Herbert extended the state of emergencyin Utah until October 20.

Wisconsin also set a new record for COVID-19 cases, tallying 2,533 on Friday. State health officials have ordered people to stay home. They should also keep at least 6 feet from other people when outside. In public, they should always wear masks. 

Nationwide COVID-19 Numbers

Data from Johns Hopkins University say that over 6.7 million Americans have caught the coronavirus. As of Sunday, CNN says that over 199,400 people have died.

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