Covid Cases Rising Again

With more than 40.8 million global cases, at least 12.1 million deaths, more than 8.27 million cases in the United States, and at least 221,122 deaths as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, cases of Covid-19 have begun increasing once more. The US reported 60,300 new cases Tuesday Oct. 20th adding to the national seven day average of 59,500 cases.

This sets the new record for the highest weekly average. As the country enters fall with winter soon following, experts warn it will only get worse. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC on Monday evening “It’s going to be a difficult fall and winter, I think we’re about two or three weeks behind Europe — so we’re about a week away from starting to enter a period where we’re going to see a rapid acceleration in cases.” Especially with the flu season upon us, the upward trends will persist. The rapid acceleration of cases could  be due to several factors: students have been returning to schools in many counties, indoor gatherings have increased due to colder weather and colder temperatures which help facilitate the spread of the virus.

  The US’s baseline for the pandemic has always been above 30,000 cases daily since late June. This high baseline entering the fall spurs for more cases. 

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine claims that by next week or the week after that, the US could be recording up to 70,000 new cases daily. The numbers could keep rising even after that.

In response to the rising cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have established new guidelines; “If you really want to get together indoors, everybody should quarantine themselves for 14 days, and then get tested which would substantially reduce the risk,” said emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen.

As of October 20th, though nationally and globally, the cases are predicted to rise, the numbers in Orange County California have remained relatively stable, county CEO Frank Kim claimed Monday. Being able to hold stable cases with the reopening of schools and the moderate reopening of restaurants and other facilities is an encouraging sign. 

Across the nearest Orange County cities, here are the most recent coronavirus cases: Aliso Viejo with 410 total cases, Anaheim with 9775, Buena Park with 1630, Costa Mesa with 1938, Dana Point with 304 total cases, Fullerton with 2728, Huntington Beach with 2511, Irvine with 1798, Ladera Ranch with 185, Laguna Beach with 240, Laguna Hills with 336, Laguna Niguel with 479, Laguna Woods with 70, Lake Forest with 888, Mission Viejo with 908, Newport Beach with 1188, Orange with 2632, Placentia with 99, Rancho Mission Viejo with 73, Rancho Santa Margarita with 372, San Clemente with 572, San Juan Capistrano with 602, Santa Ana with 10983, Seal Beach with 290, Trabuco Canyon with 214, Tustin with 1392, and Villa Park with 57.

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