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:
- 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)