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dr. Fauci says Covid cases are starting to rise in some parts of the US

dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing titled Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response, at Dirksen Building on Thursday, Nov. 4. , 2021.

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Covid-19 cases are starting to rise again in select regions of the US after stabilizing at high levels following this summer’s delta wave, said chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci Monday.

Fauci’s comments came just a day after the country reported a seven-day average of more than 82,000 new cases, an 11% increase from the week before, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Nationwide cases fell 57% last week from the peak of the delta wave this summer, but an influx of Covid patients in the Midwest and Northeast is fueling the sudden increase.

“The only thing that’s a little troubling is that we’re starting to stabilize,” Fauci said during an interview hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center. “In other words, the slowdown in cases is now plateauing, and in some parts of the country we’re starting to see a little bit of an uptick.”

Infections had been declining for weeks after reaching a delta wave peak of 172,500 new cases per day on Sept. 13. They leveled off at a high level, bouncing between 70,000 and 75,000 new cases a day for nearly three weeks through most of last week, and are now on the rise.

According to Hopkins data, the average daily number of cases has increased by 19% and 37% in the Midwest and Northeast, respectively, in the past week. Hospital admissions, which have lagged behind an increase in infections, have increased by 11% over the same period in the Midwest, while the number of patients currently hospitalized with Covid in the Northeast is even.

The number of cases and hospitalizations has fallen sharply in the south, where the delta wave struck the earliest and hardest in the summer.

About 47,000 patients with the virus are currently hospitalized nationwide, according to a seven-day average of data from the Department of Health and Human Services, and the US reports an average of about 1,150 Covid deaths per day, according to Hopkins data. Both numbers are flat over the past week.

In addition to the plateauing cases, Fauci said the US should focus on vaccinating the roughly 60 million people across the country who have not yet been immunized. That excludes 28 million children ages 5 to 11 who were eligible for Pfizer’s two-dose Covid vaccine earlier this month, he noted.

“There’s a lot of good news, but also challenging news that we really need to address as we head into the winter months,” Fauci said.

Fauci added that those who are fully vaccinated against Covid can gather for the holidays without worry. But he recommended wearing a mask in common indoor areas, with cases still floating at high levels across the country.

“If you’re at home with your family, thank God, enjoy it with your parents, your kids, your grandparents,” he said. “There’s no reason not to.”