“What they’ve done is opened up everything as if nothing had ever happened there and you and I could be talking probably in eight to 10 weeks, and I will likely bet that Florida will be a house on fire,” Osterholm told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
CNN has reached out to the school district.
At least 50,191 new Covid-19 cases have been reported across the country on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“It’s important for all of us to not let our guard down during Thanksgiving,” Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said. “We see that from the High Holy Days, people are just yearning to be together.”
Even if friends and relatives appear healthy, it’s impossible to know for sure that they aren’t infected without testing, Birx said at a media briefing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Friday.
Young adults may set off new hot spots, CDC says
Young adults could be the driving force behind new coronavirus hot spots, a new CDC report published Friday says.
CDC researchers who analyzed trends by age groups in June and July saw that the number of positive test results among people under 25 began rising 31 days before a county was first identified as a hot spot.
The percent of positive tests started going up in other age groups not long after: among adults between 25 and 44, a rise in the percent of positive tests started 28 days before hot spot identification. For adults between 45 and 64, test positives started rising 23 days before hot spot identification and for those 65 and older, it was 20 days.
Researchers analyzed positive tests from 767 hot spot counties, both before and after they were identified as hot spots. Hot spot counties were defined as those that had more than 100 cases in the previous seven days and had experienced increases in cases in the preceding three to seven days.
Field hospital prepares to open in Wisconsin
Wisconsin announced it would open a field hospital next week to address the surge of patients.
“We obviously hoped this day wouldn’t come, but unfortunately, Wisconsin is in a much different and more dire place today, and our healthcare systems are being overwhelmed,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a news conference.
Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming also saw record-high hospitalization numbers this week, according to the project’s data.
New York, New Jersey on alert
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday the state reported more than 1,300 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number since late May.
“This is a sobering number,” the governor said, and later lashed out at the President, who recently told Americans not to let the virus “dominate.”
“To say this virus isn’t still with us, to say that it isn’t virulent, to say that it could not take your life is completely false. Every speck of that.” Murphy added.
Meanwhile, in neighboring New York, local officials are trying to get a hold of clusters that have broken out in several communities in Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland and Orange counties.
In New York City, transmission is happening through close contacts and household members, said Ted Long, the city’s Test and Trace Corps head, this week.
New York state Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein said that he was “outraged” with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “draconian measures.”
Cuomo on Friday said the issue “is not a matter of religious freedom.”
“I don’t care if you’re Roman Catholic, you’re Jewish, you’re Muslim, you’re an atheist,” Cuomo told CNN. “You have to follow the rules of the state.”
“If you don’t follow the rules, the infection rate spreads, people get sick, and then you make others sick,” Cuomo said.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Mirna Alsharif, Gisela Crespo, Shelby Lin Erdman, Raja Razek and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.