“We are so tired”: RI is leading the country with the number of new COVID-19 cases

Rhode Island leads the country with the highest average number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, a development that tracks the impact capacity of state hospitals last week due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Since then, doctors have visited social media share the tribe which is placed on health workers at the front.

After working a shift at a hospital in Rhode Island, Dr. Rebecca Karb snapped a photo of herself and shared it on social media, writing that she is now starting to treat patients whose cases are linked to big Thanksgiving gatherings.

“Last night, one of my (many) COVID patients said he had dinner with his family – 22 people – with great Thanksgiving,” Karb wrote on Tuesday. “The next day, one of the family members gave a positive result. Since then (according to my patient) * ALL * 22 people have had symptoms, some severe. “

“We’re so tired,” he added.

Over the past seven days, Rhode Island has averaged According to the CDC, 122.9 cases per 100,000. According to state COVID-19 data, the rate is 8.9 percent positive this week, up from 6.9 percent last week.

Dr. Megan Ranney, a physician at Brown University’s emergency department, said there are a number of reasons why the infection rate in a densely populated but small state is so high, including many tests, and the number of college students per capita is high. infections, and the family-centered population contributes to superdissemination events.

“We are the 2nd most densely populated state, with many multi-family and multi-generational homes,” Ranney wrote on Twitter. “It leads to rapid spread, simply because people can’t distance themselves … We also have a lot of poverty, a lot of essential workers and a lot of immigrants. And we know that economic and racial inequality is a major driver of the spread of the virus. “

The state is unlikely to see declining numbers since the two-week “break” to deal with rising numbers for at least two to four weeks, he said.

However, Ranney and other health care providers have expressed concern that the worst of the surge – the effect of Thanksgiving surge – is still a few weeks left, just during the Christmas holiday, when experts fear more indoor gatherings will take place. occurs.

“At the end of the day, for whatever reason, our hospitals are overwhelmed and everyone knows someone who is sick,” the emergency doctor said. “We call retirees [health care workers] as a volunteer while allowing people to eat personally at Denny’s. Honestly, we are in a very bad place. No sign of slowing down.

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