Experts say that there has been a surge in cases in the region as the weather turns cold and more people are forced to enter poorly ventilated indoor spaces. The spread is prosperous in these places, and the virus even reaches remote and remote areas. Republican leaders resisted mask enforcement or closure. Business requires residents to rely on personal responsibility.
Experts say that as winter approaches, the boom in the region heralds what other regions of the United States can expect in the coming weeks.
The situation has become so severe that even some leaders who previously resisted restrictions are moving in new directions. The Republican Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, has long opposed the use of masks and masks as a “good”
In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz (D) warned that there will be more “nightmares” despite the state’s new restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings to stop this spread . On Friday, Minnesota began to limit the number of social gatherings to less than 10 people, and as the country enters the holidays, doctors worry that multi-generational family gatherings may become a super-spreading event, and the country will tighten restrictions on large-scale social gatherings.
In North Dakota, where cases have increased by 60% in the past month, Republican Governor Doug Burgum said this week that the state’s hospitals are full and the pressure is high, so the state will allow its doctors And the nurse continued to work for the coronavirus after testing positive. His spokesperson later proved that this is a potential short-term tool.
Even if he continues to boycott the statewide mask mission, Bourg still urges his residents to take precautions because the hospital is crowded with patients.
“You don’t have to believe in the Republican Party, or a certain party, or whether the mask is effective. You can do this because you know one thing is true. That is 100% of our capacity is being used,” Burgum said.
Doctors and healthcare providers in the upper Midwest are constantly urging leaders in their states to take more measures to curb the spread of the virus in response to the increasing number of cases and shortages. Because in these precarious states, many People still enjoy independence and refuse to wear masks.
“We have months to prepare for this, and we have seen it happen in other earlier disaster-stricken states. Why don’t we prepare for what is about to happen?” Sarah Newton, chief medical officer of the hospital (Sarah Newton) said he is located in Linton, North Dakota, with a population of 997.
She said that she saw the coronavirus cases begin to surge in late September and October. There were a few days when patients fell ill. The hospital has only 14 beds and is a low brick building access facility for critically ill patients.
“I was at a loss for what I saw. I felt as if I was screaming into a void. I drowned in my own hospital,” Newton said.
Newton said this is extremely out of touch with what is happening inside the hospital and its community. She would go out without seeing anyone wearing a mask or social distancing, “holding a big wedding and living her own life”.
This week, something incredible happened. She called several hospitals in the area, but was unable to find an intensive care bed in a larger hospital, unable to transfer the rapidly declining coronavirus patients, and she needed more help than her small hospital could provide.
Newton said: “Some of us cannot get a higher level of care. To be honest, it’s a terrible feeling.” “We didn’t do anything to prevent us from coming here.”
Andrew T. Pavia, head of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine, said at a press conference organized by the American Society of Infectious Diseases on Wednesday that the “huge waves” in the Upper Midwest and Mountain States are worrying. , Because medical services in some rural areas have been restricted and taxes are imposed on personnel and facilities.
Pavia said: “This situation must indeed be described as terrible.” He said that the “political atmosphere” and “general distrust of the government” in these areas have caused public officials to be reluctant to take stricter measures to stop AIDS. diffusion. The new type of coronavirus can cause the disease covid-19. Pavia said that mass gatherings, such as the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, and college students participating in classroom teaching also contributed.
According to the “Washington Post” investigation of health departments in 23 states, as of mid-September, there have been more than 330 coronavirus cases and one death directly related to the Sturgis bicycle rally.
Pavia said: “There are many preventable deaths happening now.”
One of the largest health care systems in the region. Doctors at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota have medical facilities in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Models indicate that the virus’s surge will only become more severe in 2000. The next few weeks. Officials said that some of the company’s facilities are close to production capacity, with 200 to 400 employees on sick leave or isolation.
In Minnesota, state officials announced the severe number of new infections on Thursday, with 7,228 people tested positive and warned that Thanksgiving Day will allow the state to see at least 100,000 new cases.
The state reported 39 deaths on Thursday. It set a record the day before, reporting 59 deaths from viviparous children.
Emphasizing the urgency of this situation, state health officials pointed out that the positive rate of diagnostic tests has risen sharply in recent weeks, from 5% a month ago to 15% on Thursday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 202,000 people in the state have tested positive and nearly 2,800 people have died.
Waltz told reporters on Tuesday: “This will be a long dark winter.”[You] You can’t hope it will disappear, you can’t hope it, you can’t think it is not real. This is killing many people. “
What worries state officials is that there are no hot spots in Minnesota-the entire state is called the “red zone.” In all regions, including rural areas where the disease has been largely unavailable until recent weeks, the number of cases and hospitalizations has increased dramatically.
In Itasca County, which has 45,000 residents northwest of Duluth, county health officials say there were 200 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths as of September. In the past few weeks, the number has skyrocketed, with an average of about 200 to 300 new cases per week, and the positive rate is so high that the troubled county health department announced that it would no longer conduct contact tracing and instead focus on Protect “high-risk environments”, including schools and long-term care facilities.
The pressure on Minnesota hospitals is a fundamental concern for state officials.
State health officials warned that in terms of the number of intensive care beds across the state, the state’s severe capacity levels are serious, and this week they said that the capacity of these beds is 90% to 95%. In the Twin Cities, there are only 22 ICU beds available-Walz describes this as “catastrophic” statistics. Hospitals and state governments are exchanging information about capacity limits and how to transport patients every hour. Officials began recruiting retired medical staff to help with nightmares in the coming weeks.
Throughout the Midwest, the number of cases has grown rapidly. Illinois reported 12,702 cases on Thursday, a record high, and Kansas reported two record high cases this week.
“Now, even in rural America, people are thinking, maybe I should pay attention to this,” said Liz Stedry, 44. Cystic fibrosis.
Stedry’s mother was a county commissioner in Jefferson County, Kansas, which approved the Mask Act on Monday. The county commissioner pushed it for a week.
Steidley and her family have been in the quarantine area since Wednesday, after her husband and two children fell due to mild cases of covid-19.
“The numbers are shocking. You want them to be children, but you are worried about it. I am really happy that this is a mandatory quarantine,” she said. “Now everyone else must be at home, too, until time is up.”
Last week, the number of new daily reported cases in South Dakota increased by about 9%; according to the Washington Post, the state also reported an 18.2% increase in daily deaths and a 26.5% increase in hospitalizations. The South Dakota Department of Health reported 2020 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, setting a record of positive results within 24 hours.
Despite this, its largest city, Sioux Falls, rejected the request for masks on Tuesday, and many people in the state don’t seem to think masks are necessary. Governor Kristi L. Noem (R) took a laissez-faire attitude towards the virus and refused to issue statewide mask authorization or other control measures.
Erin Blake, 42 years old, is the five children of Sioux Falls. She said that masks can have a negative impact on children and adults should be free to choose whether to wear masks.
She said that masks “affect the socialization and education of children.”
Public health officials say that masks are one of the most effective tools against the coronavirus and help protect the wearer and others.
Noem’s spokesperson, Ian Fury, said that Noem has no intention of changing its treatment methods and pointed out that although hospitalization rates have increased, 34% of hospitals and ICU beds in the state are still open.
But the doctor countered that just because a bed is open does not mean that there will be enough staff. Monument Health, the hospital system in South Dakota, issued a statement this week saying the state is under “stress load.”
“Our limiting factor is not the staff, but the beds.” said John Pierce, president of Rapid City Hospital, noting that the agency had a “record number” of coronavirus patients and had to transfer non-coronavirus patients to other hospitals. , Employment contract nanny.
Chris Bjorkman of De Smet, California, lost his 66-year-old husband, John, who was a retired school principal after being infected with the coronavirus in September. She said that when his condition worsened and there were no seats available in South Dakota, Bjorkman had to be taken to a hospital in Marshall, Minnesota.
She said that he eventually returned to the hospital and died on October 20. She said that the last time she spoke with him, she told her that the food in the hospital was terrible, so she sent the meat-loving pizza to his room.
Bjorkman said that since the death of her husband, she has been frustrated because few neighbors wear masks. Even the clerk in a local supermarket in her didn’t wear it until a member of her family called them out last week.
She said: “People don’t take it seriously.” “Some just don’t care.”
Jacqueline Dupree and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux contributed to this report.