Charts above from Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding Twitter post 06.16.20.
Arizona hospitals bracing for crisis as COVID-19 cases surge — ICU units approaching full capacity in Phoenix, Tucson
New, confirmed cases in Arizona totaled 4,500 from May 24 to May 30, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, as of Saturday morning. That’s nearly a 50% increase from the week before.
The health department’s data show cases increasing at a faster rate than diagnostic testing. The week ending on May 30 saw tests increase by about 14% statewide, compared to the 50% increase in cases. The same week saw tests increase by about 34% in Pima County, compared to the 85% increase in cases.
Chart tool by covidcharts.tech; data from the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic, link to the full article — America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic
Americans may wish the virus to be gone, but it is not. While the outbreak has eased in the Northeast, driving down the overall national numbers, cases have only plateaued in the rest of the country, and they appear to be on the rise in recent days in COVID Tracking Project data. Twenty-two states reported 400 or more new cases Friday, and 14 other states and Puerto Rico reported cases in the triple digits. Several states—including Arizona, North Carolina, and California—are now seeing their highest numbers of known cases.
America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic
I’m having trouble understanding human behavior. Way too many people are equating reopening with it’s OK to go back to life as it was pre-Covid-19. I made some observations at the grocery store on my other blog. I’m beginning to see more mask-less people disregarding simple physical distancing. I’ve spent a lot of time researching and reading up on this virus to stay safe and to share what I’ve learned so others can keep themselves safe. Despite the idiots that walk amongst us I’ll continue to keep doing what I do because it’s what I do.
This shit is real and it is scary. COVID is taking patients down, and we do not know how to stop it. The images of overflowing EDs, overworked providers, patients who cannot breathe—these are real and it is happening. Do not let anyone tell you its not.
Rebecca Karb MD
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This shit is real. Stay safe.
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