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Warning signs continue as nation tops 100k daily infections

Continuously elevated transmission rates across the country led to sad new records this week: for the first time, the U.S. reported over 100,000 new infections in a single day. This sustained, upward trend may be driven by a confluence of factors — colder weather, returning to school and college campuses, waiting among crowds to vote — may underlie rising cases. 

Regardless of the election results, one thing is clear: our leaders will need to implement a national strategy with strong public health measures to get this wave under control. European leaders are recognizing this, and while a nationwide shutdown shouldn’t be off the table here, our early warning data can help guide localized action to tamp down emerging hotspots. 

Similar to last week, www.healthweather.us is showing a significant number of emerging outbreak beacons, and we’re particularly concerned about elevated transmission rates in these locations:

Watchlist

  • Southern FL (Broward, Miami, Collier, Palm Beach)
  • Durham & Raleigh, NC (Durham County, Wake County)
  • Indianapolis area, IN (Marion County, Hamilton County)
  • Chicago area, IL (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, Lake)
  • Cleveland & Akron areas, OH (Cuyahoga, Summit)
  • Nashville area, TN (Davidson County)

Miami-Dade County, FL Nov 5 2020

 

Durham County, NC Nov 5 2020

Cook County, IL Nov 5 2020