Cold weather causes a rise in COVID-19 cases in the US

New York City mayor suggests re-closing secondary businesses and schools in some parts of the city.

Nine US States have reported a record increase in COVID-19 cases over the past seven days. Most states in the upper Midwest and the Western United States where cooler weather has caused people to spend more time indoors.

On Saturday alone, four states – Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, and Wisconsin – recorded record increases in new cases. Nationwide, an increase of 49,000 new points was recorded on the same day, the largest figure for Saturday in the past seven weeks.

Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Wyoming have also established a new record in incidence for the past week.

New York was one of 18 states where the number of new cases has not increased much in the past two weeks. However, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that he intends to close secondary businesses and schools in nine city districts starting Wednesday. This measure will require the approval of the Governor.

Health experts have long warned that cold weather encouraging people to stay indoors could contribute to the spread of the virus. Maximum daytime temperatures in the Northern Midwest these days are about 10 degrees.

Montana reported a record number of new cases in three of the last four days, as well as a record number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

Wisconsin set records for new cases in two of the last three days and reported a record number of hospital admissions on Saturday. On average, 22 percent of tests come back positive, which is one of the highest rates in the country.

The Governor of Wisconsin, a Democrat, introduced a mask regime on August 1, but Republican lawmakers support a lawsuit challenging this requirement.

North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin lead the nation in increasing new cases per capita.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson became one of the prominent Republicans who tested positive for the coronavirus. This became known after President Donald Trump announced that he had contracted the coronavirus.

Due to a spike in cases in the Midwest, nursing homes in Wisconsin and Michigan, the Aspirus network banned most visits, as it did earlier this year.

On average, there are 42,600 new cases and 700 deaths a day in the United States, compared with 35,000 cases and 800 deaths in mid-September.