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Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee may see next coronavirus outbreaks

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee may see the next COVID-19 spikes

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This July 2020 photo provided by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing shows, from left to right, owner Bob Szuter, employees Allison Randolph and Alicia Herrmann, sous chef Andy Zamagias, general manager Corey Schlosser and employee Andy Powell inside the restaurant’s tap room, in Columbus, Ohio.

This July 2020 photo provided by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing shows, from left to right, owner Bob Szuter, employees Allison Randolph and Alicia Herrmann, sous chef Andy Zamagias, general manager Corey Schlosser and employee Andy Powell inside the restaurant’s tap room, in Columbus, Ohio.

AP

Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee may see coronavirus outbreaks soon if proper health guidelines aren’t followed, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Wednesday.

What’s going on?

  • Fauci said Tuesday there are early signs of coronavirus outbreaks in those states.
  • The positivity rate — percentage of tests that are positive for COVID-19 — appears to be rising in those four states, a sign that the outbreak is worsening in those locations, NPRreports. Tennessee alone is seeing 2,391 cases per day.
  • “That’s a surefire sign that you’ve got to be really careful,” Fauci told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
  • Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee have seen a 10% growth in COVID-19 cases compared to last week based on seven-day averages, CNBCreports. Kentucky and Ohio, specifically, have seen highs in COVID-19 hospitalizations, too.

The White House is looking for next hot spots

  • Recently, White House health adviser Dr. Deborah Birx visited states where federal authorities hope to help “control the pandemic before it gets worse,” she said, according to the Courier-Journal.
  • That includes states like Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
  • “This current group of states ... are the next set of states where we have significant concerns about the rising test positivity rate and the rising number of cases,” Birx said.