Wyoming, which last week set a record for new Covid-19 cases, loosened rules around restaurants after the governor said data showed dine-in restaurants have “not significantly contributed” to spread of the virus in the state. And several California counties were given the green light to move into less restrictive tiers of the state’s reopening plans, officials said.
As of early Wednesday, at least 26 states across the US were reporting more new cases than the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Two of those, New Mexico and North Carolina, are reporting more than a 50% rise in new cases. Only eight states have seen downward trends.
Kentucky governor says rise in cases should be ‘wake-up call’
In Kentucky, which saw its second highest daily new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear called the increase a “wake-up call.”
“We can’t let this thing get out of control again because we’re tired,” Beshear said in a statement. “I said yesterday I believe we’re at the start of a new escalation. We’re certainly seeing that in today’s numbers.”
Experts have said the long months of the pandemic mean the US population is especially tired. Many across the country have given up on avoiding crowds and taking precautions and pushed for a return to normalcy — a fatigue officials say can be dangerous.
“We’ve got to work harder,” Beshear said. “This is a war and we’ve won many battles, but we can’t walk away from the battlefield.”
In Wisconsin, the governor warned Covid-19 cases are “picking up speed” and announced the state reported a single-day high of new cases over the weekend.
“No party, no gathering, no bar is worth it,” Gov. Tony Evers said.
In Missouri, healthcare officials say the state now is seeing the “highest hospitalization level” it’s experienced since the start of the pandemic.
“What we are seeing now in Missouri is widespread transmission throughout the state,” Missouri Hospital Association spokesperson Dave Dillon told CNN. “And those numbers are reflective of the fact that this is moving throughout communities and that it is not under control.”
A college student dies after Covid-19 complications
In North Carolina, an Appalachian State University student who was diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier this month has died after suffering later complications, Appalachian State Chancellor Sheri Everts said in a statement.
The student, Chad Dorrill, returned home and went into isolation after…