Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was “disturbed and concerned” by the country’s average case count.
“That’s no place to be when you’re trying to get your arms around an epidemic,” he said.
Field hospital prepares to open in Wisconsin
Wisconsin announced it would open a field hospital next week to address the surge of patients.
“We obviously hoped this day wouldn’t come, but unfortunately, Wisconsin is in a much different and more dire place today, and our healthcare systems are being overwhelmed,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a news conference.
Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming also saw record-high hospitalization numbers this week, according to the project’s data.
New York, New Jersey on alert
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday the state reported more than 1,300 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number since late May.
“This is a sobering number,” the governor said, and later lashed out at the President, who recently told Americans not to let the virus “dominate.”
“To say this virus isn’t still with us, to say that it isn’t virulent, to say that it could not take your life is completely false. Every speck of that.” Murphy added.
Meanwhile, in neighboring New York, local officials are trying to get a hold of clusters that have broken out in several communities including in Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland and Orange counties.
In New York City, transmission is happening through close contacts and household members, the city’s Test and Trace Corps head Ted Long said this week.
New York state Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein said that he was “outraged” with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “draconian measures.”
CNN’s Amanda Watts, Raja Razek, Mirna Alsharif and Gisela Crespo contributed to this report.