America braces for its next hotspots: Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia see soaring coronavirus death rates while the proportion of tests coming back positive in Indiana, Illinois and Connecticut ring alarm bells

Friday, April 3, 2020
By Paul Martin

The next coronavirus hotspots in the US are expected to be Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia
White House COVID-19 task force coordinator Dr Deborah Birx said those states are being watched closely due to current deaths and rates of positive infections
The proportion of tests coming back positive in states like Indiana, Illinois and Connecticut are now also ringing alarm bells for health officials
It comes as the number of infections across the country hit 245,000 and the death toll passed 6,000
In terms of current hot spots, New York continues to bear the brunt as the epicenter of the outbreak in the US with 92,743 infections and 2,468 deaths
New Jersey follows with 537 deaths and 25,590 infections
Michigan is now the state with the third highest death rate after reporting a spike in its figures in the few days
The state’s death toll had reached 417 on Thursday – an increase of 82 – with more than 10,791 confirmed cases
Louisiana, which has a positive test rate of 26 percent, is now at 310 deaths – up 41 from the day before – and has 9,159 cases

By EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
3 April 2020

Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia are expected to become the next coronavirus hot spots in the United States given their soaring death rates – as the number of infections across the country hit 245,000 and the death toll passed 6,000.

Those states could be the next hot spots based on the current rate of deaths and positive coronavirus tests across the country, according to the White House COVID-19 task force coordinator Dr Deborah Birx.

Meanwhile, the proportion of tests coming back positive in states like Indiana, Illinois and Connecticut are now also ringing alarm bells for health officials.

New York and New Jersey, which remain the states with the highest death tolls and number of infections, currently has a 35 percent rate of positive tests.

We do have two states that have 35 percent positives and that’s New York and New Jersey. So that confirms very clearly that that’s a very clear and an important hot zone,’ Dr Birx said on Thursday during a White House briefing.

‘Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois – that should tell you where the next hot sports are coming – are at 15 percent test positive.

‘Then Colorado, D.C., Rhode Island and Massachusetts are at 13 percent.’

Dr Birx said California and Washington state remained steady at an 8 percent rate.

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