As of the week ending April 24, 2021, the U.S has recorded a total of 31,992,535 COVID-19 cases, with 571,197 related deaths, and an average between 50,000 and 70,000 new cases a day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Even as states across the country roll back restrictions, concerning coronavirus variants spread, and the country’s vaccination campaign continues, a new wave of rising numbers of cases is occurring in certain regions of the country. If traveling between states, it’s important to know how the destination state fare in terms of cases of coronavirus before heading out. Where is COVID-19 surging in the U.S?
Stay Informed When Traveling
Patients that plan on a summer trip, or outdoor recreation, need to stay informed on states and regions that are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. You have a responsibility to ensure that you minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and should know the COVID status of a region you intend to visit. Ask yourself, “is it safe to travel?” Check the state’s website for up-to-date information related to the number of new cases, daily infection rate, deaths, and travel restrictions. You may be required to do a vaccine test before entering a state, or to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Check your accommodations COVID-19 sanitizing guidelines, for COVID-19 testing sites, and take the pandemic essentials with you, from hand sanitizers to extra face masks. Just as important is being prepared to be flexible when you travel because changes to policies and restrictions can occur at any time.
COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Northeast and Upper Midwest
The Northeast now has more cases that are likely to grow as more places and businesses reopen steadily. There’s also a surge in the Upper Midwest as well. Other regions, like the South, fare far better and keep their numbers from rising. The exact cause of a surge in some regions and not others is puzzling for experts, but some think that warm weather in the South and decreased vaccinations could be factors.
Michigan has the highest surge of COVID-19 cases in the Upper Midwest. According to data, Michigan averages 5,443 new cases per day, Minnesota 1,695/day, and Illinois 2,689/day, while in the Northeast, New Jersey averages 2,720/day, while New York averages 4,597, which are elevated counts, but still an improvement from earlier spring numbers.
Remember that communities can’t return to the new normal until enough people are vaccinated. Do your research and get informed about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination. Get tested if you think that you may have COVID-19. Choose to get vaccinated and stay safe!