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Three patterns, one inescapable conclusion: the virus is spreading

North Carolina is still in the early stages of the outbreak. Florida is experiencing a (predictable) rebound post-Memorial Day. Hospitalizations are rising in Texas (along with cases).

It’s Saturday 06 June, day 138 since the first case of coronavirus disease was announced in the United States.

Looking at this chart (above), is it any wonder that NC Governor Roy Cooper (D) is unwilling to let the Republican National Committee run a pretend-all-is-normal convention?

North Carolina is still in the early stages of the outbreak. There has been no peak-and-dip.

  • The week of 03 – 09 May: daily average, 407; total cases, 2,851
  • The week of 31 May – 06 June: daily average 993; total cases, 6,952

⛱ Many eyes are on Florida, which is experiencing a (predictable) rebound post-Memorial Day. The average daily number of cases is high and growing. As mentioned yesterday, the third largest number of cases was announced Thursday, two months after numbers one and two.

  • The week of 03 – 09 May: daily average, 648; total cases, 4,538
  • The week of 31 May – 06 June: daily average 1,048; total cases, 7,334

🥩 Turn to Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott continued to open the state on Wednesday and shared disinformation about hospitalizations. Accurate, not truthful (emphasis added).

“Today Texas had the fewest #COVID19 hospitalizations in the past 6 weeks,” he said in a tweet that has since been shared more than 5,000 times and liked by 26,000 user accounts.

The reference ignored the fact that statewide hospitalizations have been rising over the past week, and on Friday reached the second-highest total since the pandemic began.

Why might hospitalizations be rising? Just look at the chart. Note that the week with a dip was the week of Memorial Day, with reduced testing due to the holiday.

Three different patterns: one inescapable conclusion: the virus is spreading.

From 06 June issue of COVID-19 Memo from a News Hound 

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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