Nationwide, coronavirus cases are trending downward, a tremendous relief after a Delta surge that affected nearly every state. However, now is no time to celebrate. Not only do experts not know if a "fifth wave" may come again during the colder months but some states aren't seeing declines; in fact, cases are surging there. Which ones? Read on to discover which 6 states are currently being hit the hardest—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
"When the phone rings in the flower shop, it usually means one thing: a life event has happened," according to the Idaho Press. "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Eagle's Hope Blooms Flowers&Things has seen a surge in people wanting to send flowers for one reason or another." "We're in the business of emotions. We sell emotions. We help people express emotions with flowers," shop owner Dorothy Miller told KTVB. "That's what we do, we get the stories good and bad. We get them all." "In recent weeks, though, Miller said the calls into the store are missing the usual balance of happy and sad events." "The other day, from 7 in the morning till about 1 in the afternoon, every single call was a funeral, and every single walk-in was a funeral," she said.
"New COVID-19 cases in the state have remained fairly high since late August, with spikes in the daily case count as high as 1,300 and 1,400. On Oct. 19, the number of active cases statewide was more than 11,000, and the total number of deaths has climbed above 2,200. That continues to contrast considerably with the national trend," reports the Montana Free-Press. "According to the New York Times, average daily new case numbers dropped 20% nationally in the past two weeks. As of Oct. 19, the paper listed Montana as having the highest average of new daily cases per 100,000 people in the nation — a 14-day increase of 17% — as well as the second-highest daily average of hospitalizations per 100,000 people."
"October is the deadliest COVID-19 month in North Dakota in 2021, and the fifth-deadliest during the pandemic, at 109 deaths with five days still to go. The pandemic began 20 months ago, in March 2020. Deaths spiked late last year, with a total of 1,079 occurring in October, November and December. They've surged again with the onset of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus in late summer and early fall," reports the Bismarck Tribune.
"Alaska on Monday reported five additional COVID-19 deaths, 229 hospitalizations and 1,686 more cases recorded over the weekend," reports the Anchorage Daily News. "The state occupied the top spot in the country for the highest case rate Monday, with 550 cases per 100,000 people over the past week — over four times the national average of 124.7 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. While there have been some slight ups and downs among case rates, hospitalizations and deaths, the state has so far continued on a level trajectory, state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said Monday." "We're not seeing at this point any clear downward trend in cases," he said.
Certain Counties Near the Canadian Border in New Hampshire and Vermont
"Vermont state lawmakers joined health care workers, teachers and others during a Monday afternoon press conference to increase pressure on Gov. Phil Scott to reinstate an emergency declaration amid rising coronavirus case counts in the state," reports VTDigger. "The calls for a mask mandate and other mitigation measures come as Vermont continues to see record case growth, fueled largely by the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19. With a seven-day average of 218 cases per day and 35 cases per 100,000 people, Vermont now has the 17th-highest case rate in the country, higher than New York and Massachusetts." No matter where you live, get vaccinated and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.