The recurrence of Koran virus cases led the governor of North Dakota to issue a state-mandated mask after months of resistance to such actions, while Oregon and New Mexico ordered some blockades.
“New Mexico is at a breaking point,” said New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The austerity measures come as the United States broke another record, with 176,309 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total nationwide 10,818,345, according to an NBC News article. The country now had more than 100,000 new cases daily for 10 consecutive days.
At least 13 states – Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Wisconsin – have a record number of new daily occurrences.
Deaths, meanwhile, have risen by an average of about 1,000 a day. The virus has killed 245,555 people nationwide, according to an NBC News article. The death toll from Corona in Texas could rise to 20,000 on Sunday as the state reports about 100 deaths daily. As of Saturday, 19,864 in Texas have died from Covid-19.
Among the developments:
- North Dakota has issued new state requirements, including the face mask mandate.
- Oregon has ordered a two-week “freeze” since Wednesday, urging businesses to stop their personal activities.
- The new order in New Mexico will remain in effect on Monday.
- Six governors from northeastern states are holding an “emergency summit” this weekend to coordinate efforts in response to an increase in cases across the region.
- At least 13 states have set new records on a daily basis.
- Texas could reach 20,000 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday.
North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum announced late Friday night that “the State Health Officer, with my full support, has issued a mandate requiring face coverage in all indoor and public areas and outdoor public spaces where physical distance is not possible.”
The order will remain valid until December 13.
In addition, all bars and restaurants in North Dakota will be required from Monday to close at 10 p.m. and operate with a capacity of 50 percent, as long as they do not exceed 150 people. All venues, ballrooms and events will be limited to 25% of maximum capacity, while winter sports schools and extracurricular activities will be suspended.
“To be clear, these are state requirements, not just recommendations,” Burgum said.
The number of active positive cases in North Dakota has doubled since October 20 at about 10,500, indicating that future hospitalizations may increase at a time when the capacity of the state healthcare system is already strained.
The rise “endangers the ability of our hospitals to provide first-rate treatment, not only for Covid-19 patients,” but also to others seeking care for other conditions, the governor said.
The coronavirus has killed at least 700 people in North Dakota, as the state’s average 14-day positive index doubled to 15.6 percent last month, Burgum said.
In Oregon, the Democratic government of Kate Brown ordered a two-week “freeze” on Wednesday, according to which many companies would have to close their offices to the public and make employees work from home “as much as possible.” He said violators could face fines or arrest.
“For the past eight months, I have been asking the Oregonians to follow the letter and the spirit of the law, and we have not chosen to enforce the law,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, we have no choice now.”
While most Oregon stores will remain open, gyms, museums, swimming pools, movie theaters and zoos will be forced to close, and restaurants and bars will be closed. Social gatherings will be limited to six people.
Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency medical practitioner at Oregon University of Health and Science, gave an emotional appeal on Friday, stressing that the new restrictions will help save her life and the lives of her family members, neighbors and friends and other key workers across the state.
“Many of you cheered and rang bells and put up signs calling us heroes and we are so grateful for that,” Chu said. “Right now, we ask you to become our heroes and hear our call for help again.”
Oregon has seen a 93.4% increase in cases over the past two weeks, with an average of about 900 new cases daily over the past nine days. Since the onset of the pandemic, nearly 55,000 Oregonians have been infected at least 753 have died.
In New Mexico, Democratic Governor Lujan Grisham posed two weeks order at home effective from Monday. Young Mexicans can only go out for necessary trips. The main companies can operate in a limited capacity and the unnecessary companies must stop all “personal person and activities”, the governor said.
“We are in a state of life or death, and if we do not act now, we can not save lives, we can not continue to save lives, and we will completely destroy the current health care system and our infrastructure,” said Lausanne Grisham. .
New Mexico has seen an increase of almost 59% in cases over the past two weeks and an increase in deaths. The virus has killed nearly 1,200 people in the state and infected 62,006.
New York State, once the epicenter of the pandemic, is now ordering gyms, restaurants and bars to close at 10 p.m. and limits private gatherings to 10 people. In New York, Mayor Bill De Blasio said parents should be prepared for a possible closure of schools as the coronavirus positivity rate approaches 3 percent.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and five other Northeastern governors were due to hold an “emergency summit” this weekend to coordinate efforts to slow the spread of the virus in the region.
“We believe we need to take further action,” the Democratic nominee said Friday, adding that he did not expect significant changes over the weekend.
New York has reported more than 45,700 new cases of coronavirus in the last 14 days, an average of 4,163 new cases per day in the last week.
Cuomo said he expects infection rates to continue to rise in New York and nationwide as the holiday season begins.