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United States Approaches 200,000 Coronavirus Deaths

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(CNN) – Despite making progress after a rough summer, most of the US is heading in the wrong direction again as the nation nears 200,000 deaths from covid-19.

In 31 states, the number of new COVID-19 cases has increased by at least 10% in the past week compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University Sunday.

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Only four states – Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana and Michigan – have seen declines of more than 10%. Fifteen states are stable, including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington state.

And the test positivity rate – the percentage of new test results that are positive – has increased in 25 states, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

This is exactly what doctors feared would happen in the weeks after Labor Day, said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University.

“A couple of weeks ago when we entered Labor Day, we were talking about exactly this, and our concern that coming out of Labor Day, as we have seen after Memorial Day and July 4, we would see an increase », He assured.

And unfortunately we are entering the fall, where the weather turns colder. We will spend more time inside. So this is not where we want to be as a country right now.

Utah set a new record of 1,117 cases on Friday, Gov. Gary Herbert said Saturday, extending Utah’s state of emergency until Oct. 20.

Wisconsin also reported a record number of new cases: 2,533 on Friday. Health officials urged people to stay home, stay at least 2 meters away from people outside their home, and wear masks in public.

Nationwide, more than 6.7 million people have been infected with coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As of 3:45 p.m. (Miami time) Sunday, more than 199,400 people have died.

A state that does well says to keep testing

However, some states show continued progress. On Sunday, Maryland announced a new record test positivity rate: 1.89%. And there is more good news.

“The current total hospitalizations have fallen below 300 for the first time since March 30, to 281,” said the office of Governor Larry Hogan. “There are 68 ICU beds in use, the first time ICU levels have fallen below 70 since March 26.”

Many health experts say that widespread testing is key to finding asymptomatic or presymptomatic carriers, so that those people can isolate themselves and prevent the spread of the virus.

In Maryland, state officials “continue to encourage all Maryland residents to get tested for COVID-19” at one of the state’s 210 test sites.

Study finds more links between pandemic and mental health

As COVID-19 intensified in the US, so did levels of stress and depression, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances.

The study of more than 6,500 people found that several factors may have made people’s stress worse.

The highest risk of depression symptoms was a pre-existing mental health diagnosis before the pandemic, the researchers found.

But symptoms of stress and depression were also associated more with personal exposure than public spread, suggesting that “concerns about contracting the disease outweighed concerns about pandemic-related disruptions to daily life,” said the researchers.

“Approximately a quarter of the sample (23.5%) reported that they or someone close to them had been exposed to COVID-19 (for example, experienced symptoms were diagnosed),” the researchers wrote in the report published Friday.

Employment also had a big impact, with those who lost their jobs who suffered the most, the study found.

The “data suggest that people who continued to work during this initial phase of the pandemic were less depressed than people who were not working, although they were at higher risk of contracting the virus,” the researchers noted.

Those who “remained employed as’ essential ‘workers may have given respondents’ work new meaning that reduced their risk of depression.”

The researchers noted that another factor in stress related to the pandemic is the frequency with which participants were exposed to conflicting information from the news and social media.

They found that people were immersed in the news an average of seven hours a day, and acute stress increased as time passed.

But consistent, accurate, and reliable news reports can be one of the best ways to manage stress, the researchers suggested.

Why African Americans and Hispanic Americans Tend to Suffer More

Not everyone has the luxury of working from home. And since many minorities have public-facing jobs, this pandemic has hit them especially hard.

“American Indians, Alaska Natives, and African Americans have been hospitalized at rates 3.5 times higher than whites,” said Dr. Jerome Adams, US Director General of Health.

“Hospitalization rates are three times higher for Hispanics compared to whites.”

The pandemic exposes disparities in health and structural conditions that contribute to those disparities, the CEO said.

“Social distancing and telecommuting are essential to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but only one in five African Americans and one in six Hispanic Americans have a job that allows them to work from home,” explained Adams.

People of color are also more likely to live in “densely populated urban areas” and in multigenerational households. They are also more likely to use public transportation, she said.

“Combined, these and other factors create an increased risk of spreading a highly contagious disease like COVID-19.”

CNN’s Gregory Lemos and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.

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