(CNN) — Some communities in the United States They are loosening restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19. This before a fall and winter season, which according to experts, which could be especially challenging.
Florida reported an increase in new cases this week, just days after the governor cleared the way for bars and restaurants to fully reopen. In Nevada, the governor increased the limit for public gatherings from 50 to 250 people, but not to exceed 50% of the capacity of a venue.
Wyoming, which last week set a record for new COVID-19 cases, relaxed rules around restaurants after the governor said data showed restaurants “have not significantly contributed” to the spread of the virus across the country. the state. And several California counties received the green light to move to less restrictive levels of the state’s reopening plans, officials said.
The announcements come after the United States surpassed more than 7.1 million infections and more than 205,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The easing comes amid an increase in covid-19 cases
With many social settings moving indoors amid cooler weather and a potentially complicated flu season on the horizon, leading experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have urged communities to continue to heed safety guidelines. like wearing masks and social distancing, and preparing for another spike in infections.
As of early Wednesday morning, at least 26 US states were reporting more new cases than the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Two of them, New Mexico and North Carolina, report an increase of more than 50% in new cases. Only eight states have seen downward trends.
Kentucky Governor Says Increase in Cases Should Be a “Wake-Up Call”
In Kentucky, which recorded the second highest number of daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear called the increase a “wake-up call.”
“We cannot let this get out of control again because we are tired,” Beshear said in a statement. “I said yesterday that I think we are at the beginning of a new climb. We are certainly seeing it in today’s figures.
Experts have said that the long months of the pandemic mean that the American population is especially tired. Many across the country have given up avoiding crowds and taking precautions and pushing for a return to normal, a fatigue that officials say can be dangerous.
“We have to work harder,” Beshear said. This is a war and we have won many battles, but we cannot get away from the battlefield.
In Wisconsin, the governor warned that COVID-19 cases are “accelerating” and announced that the state reported a maximum of new cases in a single day over the weekend.
“No parties, no meetings, no bars, it’s worth it,” Gov. Tony Evers said.
Increase in cases in Missouri
In Missouri, health care officials say the state is now experiencing the “highest level of hospitalization” it has experienced since the start of the pandemic.
“What we are seeing now in Missouri is widespread transmission across the state,” Missouri Hospital Association spokesman Dave Dillon told CNN. “And these figures reflect the fact that this is moving in the communities and that it is not under control.”
A college student dies after complications from covid-19
In North Carolina, an Appalachian State University student, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier this month, died after suffering subsequent complications, Appalachian State School Principal Sheri Everts said in a statement. .
Covid-19 infections among college-aged people increased when schools reopened in the country, according to new studies. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that between the beginning of August and the beginning of September, cases among people 18 to 22 years old increased 55% nationally.
The student, Chad Dorrill, returned home and self-isolated after testing positive, Everts said. Dorrill returned to Boone, where the university is located, once it was cleared by a doctor.
But after his return, Everts said the student suffered “additional complications” and was hospitalized.
“Although they generally have a lower risk of contracting a serious illness, college-age adults can become seriously ill from COVID-19,” the school official said. “We are seeing an increase in covid-19 cases in students.”
“We all need to be vigilant about our safety behaviors anywhere in our community.”
Dorrill lived off-campus and took all of his classes online, according to Everts. The University, which began classes last month, offers online, hybrid and face-to-face courses.
– CNN’s Andy Rose, Rebekah Riess and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.