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The US is seeing surge in Covid-19 cases. Small household gatherings are helping drive it, CDC chief says

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) administers a rapid Covid-19 test in Oakland, California, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Oakland International Airport last week began offering free, rapid-result Covid-19 testing programs, first for airport employees and eventually for the general public. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Small gatherings are becoming a growing source of Covid-19 spread, a leading health expert said, as cases and hospitalizations are on the rise nationwide.

(CNN)Small gatherings are becoming a growing source of Covid-19 spread, a leading health expert said, as cases and hospitalizations are on the rise nationwide.

"In the public square, we're seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions," US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said during a call with the nation's governors on Tuesday.

In Wisconsin, hospitalizations have nearly tripled in the past month, the governor said, adding that residents should do all they can to help get the virus under control and prevent the state's healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

Oklahoma City leaders extended the local mask ordinance until at least December 7 amid a rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations, health officials said.

Meanhwile, despite news that a second Covid-19 vaccine trial was put on hold this week, Fauci said during the governors' call Tuesday that efforts to develop a vaccine are on a "really good track. "

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