COVID cases surge in smaller towns, CDC redefines ‘close contact’

The Billings Clinic Hospital ICU in Montana has converted offices into rooms and doubled up patients to treat those with COVID-19 as new record death tolls spike in other states.
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The latest in a corona virus emergency at least forty states reporting an increase in cases. And the CDC is redefining what close contact means for the spread of the corona virus our chief national correspondent Matt Gutman has the very latest. You're watching yet another patient being wheeled through one of the nation's busiest icu wards its capacity 24 bit sweet probably are averaging on any given days somewhere between 28 to 32 IC eight cents. ABC news get a tour at the Phillies clinic hospital icu in Montana where they've converted offices into hospital rooms and started doubling up on patients. They help people in the operating room until we can get a room open for their care here for taking care and on the cardiovascular unit there are literally competitions all over the hospital Aaron Kobe patients Alabama hospital yes. Track. Cove in his media horde landing in so called flyover country in North Dakota just 11% of hospital beds available. Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia forecasting a continued deteriorating situation for welcome Mountain States in mid west. That is if distancing and mask wearing does not improve I want to remind everyone. Mascot the Illinois the governor of Illinois shutting down indoor dining at restaurants and bars and some Chicago suburbs. In Wisconsin to date in new record 48 deaths and in Ohio another record more than 2300 cases in single day. Hospitalizations claiming in forty states. It Boston following the surge in the positivity rate the school district again putting plans on hold to ramp up in person learning after nearly six of every 100 tested persons. Tested positive. I didn't hold my old schoolers look. But in places like Montana bars and restaurants were humming Wednesday night and social distance. And fury in Billings it's up to bar portion even to write a press release for each Kuby death though she never knows the remains. Every time I write a press release Friday. Think oh my gosh and I can be writing a press release that says a woman in her seventies. And it's my mother this is passed away. So the CBC has changed its definition of what close contact means. Previously it said he spent fifteen consecutive minutes with some and what if confirmed corona virus case you were at risk. Now they're saying it's fifteen cumulative minutes over 24 hour period meaning. You don't have to just sit next to someone all day in the office you could just pass them by the hallway multiple times today and be at risk unless of course wearing a mask Michael. All right thank you so much of that Matt.

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