Dr. Paul Casey, emergency room medical director at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, told CNBC that his state is in "crisis mode" with one in three Badger State residents suffering from the coronavirus.
"All hospitals across the state are either full or almost full," Casey told The News with Shepard Smith. "Today we had a record number of Covid-19 cases, 7,500, and two weeks ago it was half of those, and that weighs us almost up to capacity."
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health, there are 293,388 confirmed cases in the state, with 43,001 cases in the last seven days. That is 9,135 more than in the previous week. Casey warned Americans could see similar scenes in Italy given the current development of the country. The Cotugno Hospital in Naples struggled to find beds to cope with increasing coronavirus infections and gave patients oxygen while they waited in their cars.
A record 143,000 Americans tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. It was the ninth straight day with more than 100,000 new cases. According to the Covid Tracking Project, 65,368 victims have been hospitalized and more than 12,500 people are in intensive care. The virus killed more than 2,000 people on Wednesday, most of them since May, JHU data showed. New CDC predictions show the US could add 40,000 more Covid-19 deaths by December 5.
Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, told host Shepard Smith that the key to breaking the transmission cycle is having widespread testing.
"In my opinion, there should be no debate – full testing is essential to fighting this virus, but that's not the White House's view of it," Jha said.
Jha added that while the nation's testing capacity has increased, it has not been fast enough to keep up with the spate of new Covid cases. According to the Covid Tracking Project, the average tests per day exceeded 1.4 million, an 80% increase from two months ago.
Casey advised communities across the country to follow advice everyone has been hearing for months.
"The most important thing is that we all need to be actively involved in containing this pandemic," Casey said. "Wear a mask, social distancing, wash your hands – all of these things are extremely important right now."