The United States is now leading the world as the country with the most cases of coronavirus.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States topped 101,000 on Friday as infections quickly spread to new areas of the country.
As of Friday evening, the US has at least 101,242 known cases of coronavirus and 1,588 people have died, according to CNN’s tally of cases reported by health officials.
More than two months have passed since the first case of coronavirus was reported in the country and the US has become the epicenter of the global pandemic, overtaking China and Italy. The virus has hit New York and Washington especially hard but a new wave of coronavirus hot spots is already emerging.
Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans are seeing a rapid increase of cases and officials there and in many other cities say they don’t have enough medical resources.
Mayors from 213 cities across the country have said they do not have, and have no way of acquiring adequate equipment and supplies to protect first responders, according to a survey released Friday.
Long lines of cars were seen at the three testing sites in New Orleans on Friday. Within two hours, one of the sites had reached its 250-test daily capacity.
In Michigan, where the number of cases skyrocketed to nearly 3,000 from fewer than 350 a week ago, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said 468 police officers are under quarantine while the police chief and 39 police officers have tested positive for the virus.
Health care workers prepare their supplies Wednesday at a coronavirus drive-thru testing site at Michigan’s Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.
Hospitals in Chicago and New Orleans are preparing for a spike in cases but the city’s convention centers will soon become medical facilities to treat thousands of coronavirus patients, similar to New York City.
This is going to get worse before it gets better. Everyone needs to do their part and stay home.