Surge in COVID-19 cases expected as travel increases over Labor Day Weekend


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Travel may mean a more significant spread of COVID-19 after Labor Day Weekend.

The U.S. surpassed 40-million COVID-19 cases on Monday and 650,000 related deaths. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show hospitalizations for children and teens increased five-times due to COVID-19 infections.

In just the last week, more than 7,600 Americans died of COVID. Most were not vaccinated.

“Folks are seeing their loved ones get sick, get hospitalized and god forbid, dying. There is sadly nothing like fear to make someone willing to roll up their sleeve,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, a Brown Univ. Emergency Room Physician.

Between late June and mid-August, numbers from the CDC show hospitalizations for children and teens increased five-times.

“We know certainly more children are getting infected, and therefore more are getting hospitalized,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of NAIAD.

Arrivalist, a company that tracks travel data, says nearly 43-million people are expected to have traveled during the three-day weekend. The travel data has some health officials concerned about what the impacts will be to communities across the country.

The CDC advised unvaccinated people not to travel, while some travelers say they are being more cautious because of the Delta variant.

Health officials in El Paso say positive cases are also rising among teens as the numbers have tripled over the last three weeks.

The spread has prompted some travelers to postpone their trips Some are also saying they are being more cautious because of the more contagious Delta variant.

“Why wouldn’t you be? It’s serious,” Edward Rouse, who is traveling said. “It’s more contagious than the last version. It’s reason to be concerned.”

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