5 States Where COVID is Out of Control
With more than 10 million total COVID cases so far in the United States, and nearly 240,000 deaths, reports from the ground are grim, and getting grimmer. "We are watching cases increase substantially in this country far beyond, I think, what most people ever thought could happen," Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday. Osterholm is one of Joe Biden's new coronavirus task force members, along with doctor and writer Dr. Atul Gawande and chair Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. "It will not surprise me if in the next weeks we see over 200,000 new cases a day," he added. Hit hardest is the Midwest and the Great Plains, and the following states had more cases per capita in the last week than any others. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
North Dakota Hospitals are at 100% Capacity
"North Dakota's hospitals have reached their limit, and the coming weeks could push them past their capabilities, Gov. Doug Burgum said at a news conference yesterday," reports the Grand Forks Herald. "Due to a major shortage of health care staffing, the state's hospitals have a severe lack of available beds. Rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and high noncoronavirus admissions, some resulting from residents who deferred health care earlier in the pandemic, have caused the crunch on medical centers. Burgum said hospitals are implementing their 'surge' plans….Burgum said mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing are the most important actions North Dakotans can take to relieve some of the pressure on hospitals."
South Dakota is Setting Records
"With coronavirus cases running rampant in the Dakotas and elected leaders refusing to forcefully intervene, the burden of pushing people to take the virus seriously has increasingly been put on the families of those who have died," reports the AP. "The ranks of those who know what it means to lose someone they love to COVID-19 are on the rise. North Dakota and South Dakota have the nation's worst rate of deaths per capita over the last 30 days. Despite advances in treating COVID-19 patients, hundreds more people have died in recent weeks than during any other period — a grim exclamation point on the virus outbreak slamming the northern Plains and Upper Midwest."
Iowa is Juggling the Virus with Schooling
"As new cases of COVID-19 and county positivity rates in Iowa have soared, a half-dozen schools and districts have received state waivers to hold all classes remotely for two weeks," reports the Des Moines Register. "Two months into the academic year, school officials across Iowa are performing a balancing act, weighing whether local conditions pose enough of a threat to justify asking the state for permission to switch away from in-person classes. Some schools are facing increased numbers of students or employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus."
Washington State Sets a New Record
"Washington set a new daily record for new coronavirus cases, with 1,777 new cases announced Saturday. That number tops the previous record of almost 1,500 new COVID cases reported in a single day, which was the most the state had reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic," reports King 5. "The state Department of Health (DOH) warned that COVID-19 cases are spreading in the Puget Sound region. The update brings the state's totals to more than 116,000 confirmed cases and 2,4319 deaths."
Nebraska Implemented New Public Health Measures
"Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday announced additional public health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, which has seen surging numbers in the past six weeks," reports the Omaha World Herald. "Ricketts said masks must be worn at businesses when people are in close contact for at least 15 minutes. He said 6 feet of separation will be required at gyms, bars, restaurants and churches. People can sit with members of their household, Ricketts said." As for yourself, no matter where you live: wear a face mask, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.