“Things will get worse before they get better,” President-elect Biden said for the winter surge.
On Saturday, Johns Hopkins University reported 198,218 new coronavirus cases and 3,286 new deaths in the United States. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 395,000 people have died.
The mask mission in North Dakota is scheduled to expire on Monday. On Friday, Governor Doug Burgum said that since the outbreak in mid-November, active cases have fallen by 80%.
“In the past two months, our number of cases and hospitalization capacity in North Dakota has improved significantly, and we have three new tools that we didn’t have last fall-vaccines, rapid testing and effective therapies-we can See the last tunnel of dawn”.
“However, this battle is not over. We need everyone in North Dakota to continue to fulfill their personal responsibilities, abide by the rules and regulations, and wear masks where it is impossible to be alienated from the body. This day will be where we can take off the masks and Days of discarding. They are full of confidence, but only if we are now working to make ourselves, our family and our community safe.”
In Illinois, less restrictive lockdown measures are being implemented in three areas of the state.
Governor JB Pritzker said on Friday: “I am happy to report to you today that most areas of Illinois have made good progress.”
The governor said that soon there will be group fitness classes, “low-risk youth and leisure sports” and the reopening of museums and other activities.
Over 1 million infections in Los Angeles County
The optimism seen recently in North Dakota and other places has erupted the most in the United States, but it is still everywhere.
According to the county’s health department, at least 13,741 residents have died of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
David Ortiz of the Los Angeles Fire Department spoke with Paul Vercammen of CNN on Saturday about the county’s prevention work: “This is really surreal. . It feels like waking up in a nightmare every day.”
He said: “It’s hard to imagine that many people have died. Everyone is a story and a family.”
Los Angeles emergency medical technician Michael Diaz told CNN’s Brianna Keilar: “I have never seen anything like this.”
Diaz said the pandemic has expanded the reach of emergency personnel, medical staff and medical systems.
The decision on whether to transport critically ill patients is not easy, “but now we have reached the critical point. If someone is infected with the coronavirus, we basically give them 20 minutes. If they still cannot survive after 20 minutes, we make a new decision. A difficult decision,” he said.
Following Los Angeles, Cook County in Illinois and Maricopa County in Arizona have the second and third highest infection rates in the county, respectively. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of cases in both counties exceeded 400,000.
Federal officials accuse “restrictive” governors of slowing out vaccines
These figures did not reach the early allocation target set by the “warp speed”. The blame game between the governor and the federal government continued this week due to the discovery that there is no Federal Reserve vaccine.
The Minister of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, cited the timing of vaccine approval and the methods used by some governors in response to delays in the distribution of vaccines.
He added: “We have some governors who are too regulated and strict with people trying to provide them with vaccines.”
At the same time, the states are using the materials they provide to strengthen vaccination.
New York announced on Saturday that although 7 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, the state is expected to receive only 250,000 doses next week.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called on the federal government on Friday to provide his state with more vaccines. Murphy said: “It is becoming more and more obvious that we are ready, but the Fed has not.”
CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Melissa Alonso, Paul Vercammen, Cheri Mossburg, Stella Chan, Jessica Firger, Sarah Mucha, Alta Spells, Evan Simko-Bednarski and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.