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Oct. 21, 2020, 4:09 p.m. EDT

Rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is 'distressing,' CDC official says

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By Jaimy Lee

Government officials said Wednesday afternoon they are "distressed" about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., with one official noting that 75% of the country has reported an uptick in cases. The U.S. has been averaging about 60,000 new cases a day in the last week. "We're also seeing cases increase in really all parts of the country, in the Midwest, particularly, likely in part because people are moving indoors with the arrival of cooler temperatures," Dr. Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a news conference. "We are all getting tired with the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our lives, we get tired of wearing masks, but it continues to be as important as it's ever been." He also said that all states have submitted vaccination plans to the federal government. CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said he expects the U.S. government will have "a limited supply of one or more COVID vaccines" available for distribution by the end of 2020.

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