COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise for majority of the United States. Five states have seen more than a 50% increase in new cases, 26 others have seen an increase between 10-15% in the past week, three states have seen a decrease, and 16 states remain steady (Yan and Holcombe, 2020). Texas was one of three states that saw previous cases than the previous week (Yan and Holcombe, 2020). It will be interesting to see how Texas will fare in the upcoming weeks as it eases restrictions on certain businesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) combined model ensemble shows new deaths and cases on the decline, but casts uncertainty in new hospitalizations over the upcoming weeks. COVID-19 related deaths in Texas are hovering close to 600 and is expected to drop closer to 500 by October 26th (CDC, 2020, Consolidated Forecasts Incident Cumulative Deaths 2020-10-05). New COVID-19 cases in Texas are estimated to be stagnant for the next three weeks and see a decline closer to the end of October (CDC, 2020, Consolidated Cases Forecasts 2020-10-05). The models for new COVID-19 related hospitalizations in Texas cannot agree on a trend going into November, but a slight majority of models do show an increase (CDC, 2020, Consolidated Forecasts Hospitalizations 2020-10-05). It will be up to businesses and individuals to take the proper precautions of protecting themselves to keep new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths low for the upcoming weeks.
Prevention guidance has not shifted since last week’s update. Using good hygiene, wearing a mask, and regular disinfection is still the same theme from the CDC. We can help you or someone you know protect themselves in their homes, businesses, and vehicles as the seasons transition. For more information on how we can serve you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (469) 405-9604.
CDC. (2020, October 5). Consolidated Cases Forecasts 2020-10-05. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019−ncov/cases−updates/forecasts−cases.html
CDC. (2020, October 5). Consolidated Forecasts Hospitalizations 2020-10-05. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019−ncov/cases−updates/hospitalizations−forecasts.html
CDC. (2020, October 5). Consolidated Forecasts Incident Cumulative Deaths 2020-10-05. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019−ncov/covid−data/forecasting−us.html
Yan, H. and Holcombe, M. (2020, October 12). 31 states have growing rates of new Covid-19 cases, and ‘we know what’s coming next’. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/12/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html