A National COVID-19 Update

A ring around the nation of information on where we are.

Check out this CNN article: "Covid-19 cases have declined sharply. Experts say these factors will determine how the pandemic unfolds."

It is a good summary of a number of points of interest. Cases are down, vaccinations are down due to the weather and then there are the unknowns. In Texas itself, with many people congregating in shelters, that is a recipe for infectious transmission of the disease. 

States are taking different paths towards vaccinations and the different approaches to opening schools is about as different as the 15,000 school districts in the United States. 

The variant wildcard remains and we'll have an answer to the impact of it within another five weeks, about the end of March. Still no mention of a spike in cases following the Super Bowl due to family watch parties, but I'll be watching case counts starting Tuesday to see if they trend upward. One interesting point on testing is that testing had been down, as locations converted from being mass testing sites to being mass vaccination sites. 

Many vaccinations were delayed due to the weather, my wife's vaccination being one of them — hopefully only a two-week delay for her first shot. 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.