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The U.S. is seeing ‘an unmistakable spike’ in new COVID-19 cases, expert says

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said there’s been a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, in Washington.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, in Washington.
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said in a new interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the United States is seeing a new spike in COVID-19 cases.

  • “Well, I think we have at least one more cycle with this virus heading into the fall and winter. If you look what’s happening around the country right now, there’s an unmistakable spike in new infections.”

Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation” that hospitalizations will likely rise again after they started to stabilize during the summer.

Gottlieb told “Face the Nation” states with a positivity rate of 10% or higher “is deeply concerning.”

States with a higher rate of transfer of one “have an expanding epidemic.”

  • “I‘m deeply concerned that, as we head into the fall and the winter, this is the season when a respiratory pathogen like coronavirus wants to spread, and so there’s a lot of risk heading into this season.”

Utah is seeing a spike

Utah has seen a high spike in COVID-19 cases in recent days, Deseret.com reports. The state saw 1,117 new cases on Friday and 1,077 on Saturday. The state is seeing a 13.1% positivity rate.

  • “Utah County has played a large role in the statewide increase, the health department said last week. Its data shows cases there quadrupled from about 100 a day in mid-August to nearly 400 earlier this week.”