The first wave of coronavirus in the United States isn’t over.
Nearly half of states are reporting a rise in new cases and some continue to break records in their daily reported cases. In the South, officials say more young people are testing positive. And across the US, experts continue to repeat warnings highlighting the need for social distancing and face covers.
And while some point to the rise in numbers as a result of more testing, health officials say that’s part of — but not the full picture.
“More testing does in fact turn out more cases. However … if widespread testing was the entire reason for the rise in cases, you’d expect to see the proportion of positive tests go down or at the very least remain steady. We’re not seeing that,” says Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, a specialist in internal medicine at the California Pacific Medical Center.
“This has nothing to do with more testing and everything to do with behavior,” she said. “We need to talk to people about following the guidelines, wearing masks, avoiding crowds, staying home if possible and washing their hands.”
These are the 23 states reporting a rise in new cases: Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Delaware and Hawaii.
These 10 states are staying steady in new cases: Oregon, New Mexico, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Arkansas, and Virginia.
And these 17 states are reporting declines in new cases: South Dakota, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Maryland.