Infectious disease experts are warning the rise in COVID-19 cases across the United States should be cause for alarm in Georgia as well as elsewhere across the nation.

According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, there are 26 states with aggressive outbreaks right now, and Georgia is on the verge of joining them.

Right now, Georgia is classified as “Orange” according to the White House Task Force. That means the state is at risk of an outbreak.  The states currently classified as “Red,” with active outbreaks, are in colder climates. Officials worry that as temperatures drop in Georgia, the numbers here will rise.

While Georgia is currently classified as “Orange,” meaning at-risk for an outbreak, if you include the number of suspected cases in the state, that would put the state into the “Red” category, meaning an active outbreak, according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force.