There are high coronavirus rates in several small communities and metropolitan areas in the US, according to confidential data obtained by NBC News.
The White House’s pandemic task force uses this undisclosed data to monitor the rates of infection.
There is reportedly a wide gap between the data in a May 7 task force report and President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that “all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly.”
The undisclosed data also contains a separate list of “locations to watch,” which do not match the criteria for the first set.
These locations are Charlotte, North Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Montgomery, Alabama; and Phoenix, Arizona.
The rate of new cases in Charlotte and Kansas City mirrored a 200 percent rise over the prior week. Other tables in the data disclose clusters in neighboring counties that do not possess a geographic area on their own.
Some of these are Wisconsin’s Kenosha and Racine counties, which are close to each other between Chicago and Milwaukee.
Rising coronavirus rates in US
Meanwhile, the coronavirus outbreak already killed over 80,000 people in the US. There is no decrease yet in terms of new cases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 23,792 new cases on May 10. This is lower than the number for each of the previous four days. However, the figures are more than on May 4 and May 5.
The rise in coronavirus rates stress the quick movement of the pandemic beyond major coastal population centers that were considered hot spots. However, the governors of some of the states that are new hot spots are now easing restrictions.
The task force map shows that Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee, Alabama, and Nebraska have no stay-at-home orders.
Meanwhile, some counties are facing new waves of coronavirus cases in states where there are restrictions.
Reopening the US
Trump suggested that US reopening must happen even if it leads to more deaths and sickness from the coronavirus outbreak.
“Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes,” Trump said. “But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.”
He encouraged Americans to view themselves as “warriors” when they leave their homes as the economies reopen.
Trump was dismayed at the recession that led to the unemployment of more than 30 million Americans. The US remains to have the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world. It recorded about 1.2 million infections and a death toll of more than 70,000 to date.
“There’ll be more death,” he said during an ABC News interview. “The virus will pass, with or without a vaccine. And I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass, and we’re going to be back to normal.”