Georgia is joining the trend of seeing a spike in coronavirus cases

In the West, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Montana also ranked high. Some Colorado communities, including Denver, are turning to indoor mask orders to reduce risk, a policy that has also been adopted in the Buffalo, New York, area and Santa Cruz County, California.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Georgia fell from more than 7,000 in early September to 855 on Wednesday.

The statistics in Michigan are “appalling,” said Dr. Matthew Tronsky, a respiratory specialist at Beaumont Health Hospital in suburban Detroit.

“We got cold and moved in, and we have huge pockets of unvaccinated people,” he said.

“A lot of people in their 40s have died in the last month — 100% not immune,” Tronsky said. “It is very sad to see a woman die with teenagers. Especially with this age group, it is almost 100% preventable.”

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In Detroit, where less than 40% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, Mayor Mike Duggan said hospital admissions have doubled since early November.

Despite the hot spots, the outlook in the United States is generally much better than it was for Thanksgiving 2020.

Without the vaccine, which became available in mid-December 2020, the average number of cases in the United States a year ago was 169,000 cases and 1,645 deaths per day, and about 81,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. The average number of cases in the United States is now 95,000, with 1,115 deaths per day and 40,000 hospitalizations.

Eric Topol, president of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, said his optimism dampens the ability of a delta variant to jump from person to person, especially among the millions who haven’t been vaccinated or scheduled to receive a booster dose.

“This equates to a very severe weakness,” Topol said.

AP reporters Colin Slevin in Denver, Corey Williams in Detroit, Ted Shaffrey in Newark, NJ, and AP medical writer Carla K. Johnson contributed to this story. Helena Oliviero, writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution also contributed to this story.

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