Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday the state had reached an “unfortunate milestone” by reporting at least one case of the virus in every county.
The state’s infection rate, she said, “continues an alarming trend in the wrong direction.”
To make matters worse, Kelly said, as college students return to campus, several clusters have been reported at universities across the state. Last week, the University of Kansas reported more than 80 cases of the virus. The college is among dozens of others across the country that have reported Covid-19 cases after students moved into dorms.
In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear warned cases could spike again as the state reported more deaths last week than “in any other week battling the virus.”
Beshear said the state is seeing “troubling signs” and is at “the same moment that Kentucky was at in the beginning of the summer.”
“More people are trying to get out of the quarantine than the health department has recommended,” the governor said.
“That is why it’s so important for Middle America to recognize the mitigation that we talked about … it’s for Middle America too, the Nebraskas, the Oklahomas,” Redfield said. “We don’t need to have a third wave in the heartland right now.”
The role super spreading events play
But the warnings haven’t brought the gatherings to a halt.
Last week, Maine CDC officials issued a citation to a venue that exceeded the indoor gathering limit of 50 individuals when it hosted a wedding reception earlier this month that has since been linked to a Covid-19 outbreak.
More than two dozen confirmed cases were associated with the wedding and reception. One of the individuals that tested positive following the wedding reception has died, Robert Peterson, the CEO of Millinocket Regional Hospital, said in a statement.
Iowa officials confirm first child death
Iowa’s health department confirmed the first death of a child from Covid-19 complications in a news release this week. The child was under the age of five and died in June, according to the release. The child also had “significant underlying health conditions,” health officials said.
The children’s deaths come as many schools across the country have welcomed students back to class, while others have opted to begin the year remotely.
The guidelines say in general, children are less likely to have severe symptoms than adults. The risk of teachers, school administrators and other staff will, however, “mirror that of other adults in the community” if they get sick, the guidelines said.
Some colleges have also opted to go online while others, who welcomed students back to campus, have — in some cases — reported hundreds of Covid-19 infections.
CNN’s Jennifer Henderson, Gisela Crespo, Laura Ly and Pierre Meilhan contributed to this report.