In the last 13 days, hospital stays in Miami-Dade County have increased 76%, the number of intensive care beds used has increased 86% and the use of ventilators has increased by 124% according to the latest data from the government.
President Donald Trump will travel to the county on Friday.
His first stops are in Doral, where he receives instruction and makes comments to the U.S. South Command and then drives to a nearby church to take part in a discussion with Venezuelans. Trump then goes to a private fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach. There are no plans to participate in events related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Doral, where the US Southern Command is located, is less than two miles from the President̵
Amazing US numbers show that the pandemic is not over yet
States have relaxed restrictions and more people have gathered in public spaces. But the nation’s leading infectious disease expert warned Americans throughout the week that the nation was still “knee-deep” in the first wave.
“We never really got out,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci in an interview with SiriusXM Doctor Radio that aired on Friday.
Dr. Peter Hotez says he is so alarmed by the rising numbers that he is having trouble sleeping.
“One (reason) is this steep acceleration,” Hotez, Dean of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN on Friday morning. “We are approaching (Faucis) apocalyptic prediction of 100,000 cases per day.”
These increasing cases are associated with increased hospital stays and intensive care unit use, he said. The hospital staff are exhausted and get sick too often.
“There is no national strategy,” he said, “and no interest in opening a national roadmap at all … We are in an emergency. We absolutely have to block in several states.”
North Carolina set a record for the highest number of hospital stays on Thursday and the second highest number of cases for the state, said Governor Roy Cooper.
“Although North Carolina is not a hot spot like some other states, we could be if we don’t stay strong in our struggle,” he said.
Texas and California had the highest number of coronavirus deaths per day. Governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott, does not expect the next week to be a relief.
“We need to make sure there are enough hospital beds available in the Houston area,” Abbott said on KRIV-TV.
Experts say the US can stay open – strategically
While it is impossible to maintain severe coronavirus restrictions and return to a sense of normalcy, there is a middle ground, Fauci said.
“Instead of thinking about going back to a complete standstill, we would have to let the states pause in their opening process. Look at what didn’t work and try to mitigate that,” said the director of the National Institute at The Hill’s editor-in-chief Steve Clemons told Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“There are some governors and mayors who did it perfectly,” he said. “But what happened is that a lot of the citizens said, ‘You know, I’ll either be locked up or I’ll have everything torn apart.’ “”
Fauci stressed the risk of a gathering and on Thursday recommended that the nation reevaluate recommendations for reopening bars and indoor restaurants because they are one of the “real problems”.
Despite the current restrictions, only half of the bars in Nevada have been found to be compliant, Governor Steve Sisolak said. Starting at 11:59 p.m. local time on Friday, bars in certain districts will return to similar restrictions in phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.
Precautions become mandates in “a struggle for our lives”
Local leaders move from encouraging precautions like masks to commissioning them.
At least 36 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have a mask order, and some cities require it even if their states don’t.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves made masks mandatory for the 13 districts where the largest peaks were seen on Thursday. Businesses don’t have to close, but social distancing is also required in these countries.
“Mississippi is fighting for our lives,” he said.
Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, told reporters Thursday that wearing a mask will save both lives and businesses from closure.
“If you wait to wear a mask until the governor tells you,” said Polis. “I hope you heard me tell you and I made it clear. Wear a mask.”
CNN’s Jason Hanna, Jen Christensen, Slover Morrison, Raja Razek, Pierre Meilhan, Naomi Thomas, Jacqueline Howard, Eileen McMenamin and Dave Alsup all contributed to this report.