COVID-19 surge causes shutdowns across the country


Philip Tate, Technology editor


In early November, COVID-19  rose quickly and put the United States at its worst numbers since the beginning of the pandemic. 

“I’m not really too concerned with getting sick because of my age, but seeing the numbers rise to what we were at back in the summer is kinda a little bit frightening,” said Bryer Bennet, a Junior.

According to The CDC the overall hospitalization rate is at its highest point, mostly being individuals 65 and older. The overall cumulative COVID-19 associated hospitalization rate through the middle of November was 243.8 hospitalizations per 100,000 population. 

“Honestly it is really scary to see how many people are being hospitalized and how many people here at school have been getting quarantined. Some of my classes had like more than half the kids missing,” said Matthew McGreggor, a Junior.

According to NBC, Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Iowa, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and New York infections have spiked in early November making it a 100 percent or more increase in daily cases over 14 days. 

“Well you know it is scary times for everybody right now, and while the cases are rising and this risk is getting high I think it is really important for school to stay open and for classes to remain in person,” said Doreen Decker, the Heath Office Assistant. 

The United States has had more than 13 million people test positive for COVID-19 and more than 270,000 people have died, according to NPR. NPR also states that tens of thousands of new cases are reported daily nationwide. According to The New York Times, on December 2 there were 199,988 new cases and 14 million total cases.

Some states are re-enacting their stay at home orders to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico, temporarily re-enacted the states stay at home order to stop the unprecedented spike of COVID-19 cases. According to The New York Times, New Mexico peaked in new daily cases on November 19, three days after the stay at home order went into effect, and is now slowing down.