Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were alone in the recorded decline in Covid-19 cases in the last two weeks, as the country prepared for a possible “third peak” of the disease.
Although Lone Star State reported a “slight decline” in cases over the 14-day period ending Saturday, its news was better than most: 38 states, Washington, DC, and Guam sees an increase in cases over the past 14 days. , and nine states are the plateau, according to the tall NBC News. Rhode Island, like Texas also saw a net decrease, did not report data over the weekend, and Missouri is currently not reporting data due to a technology issue.
In Vermont and New Mexico, cases have spiked, as both have fought around a 117% increase in cases over the past two weeks.
“We are really struggling,” said Drs. Todd Vento, director of the Utah-based Telehealth Infectious Disease Program of Intermountain Health, on NBC’s “TODAY” show. “People are doing heroism, but they really come to this point will be literally unsustainable.”
On Saturday, thousands of people, many without masks, attended a Trump rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, as health officials urged residents not to gather with anyone outside their immediate families. The state, which did not release the number of cases over the weekend, saw a record 3,861 new cases on Friday, according to the state health department.
In North Dakota, a whopping 4% of the state has contracted Covid-19 since March, most of those cases will come within the last few weeks.
North and South Dakota led the United States in weekly cases of virus per capita, according to a number of NBC News, and ICUs are filled nationwide. According to the latest data released by the North Dakota Department of Health, there are 16 open ICU beds in the state, just one in the capital city of Bismarck. The state only, with no mask mandate, recommends that residents cover their faces.
“You know, from my point of view, the mandate of the mask, it would be difficult to implement,” Kirby Kruger, director of Disease Control of North Dakota, said. “I think there’s a segment of the population that doesn’t want to do this … it’s not something they think the government should force them to do.”
Governor Doug Burgum went on to emphasize individual responsibility as the state sees cases escalate. “I think it is important in the future of our state that we understand that there is something stronger than an executive order – infinitely stronger than a command – and that these are the beliefs that individuals hold in their hearts , “he said at a press conference.
Burgum said he was “amazed” that people are still disputing the mandate of the mask because “there is no other way to get anyone to wear a mask than that person who chose to do it.”
Texas, where the disease is declining slightly, has seen more than 860,000 cases and nearly 17,500 deaths. While the trends were relatively positive, Governor Greg Abbott deployed additional resources in the Panhandle and South Plains on Friday to support local hospitals there.
“As the communities of Amarillo and Lubbock have seen an increase in hospitals in COVID-19, the State of Texas is providing support to hospitals across these two regions,” Abbott said in a statement.
The almost nationwide increase in cases came as epidemiologists warned of a possible “third peak” of Covid-19, this time more centered in the Midwest and Plains.
“Between Thanksgiving and New Year, we experience the potential six weeks of broader events, right, where we can be with family and friends,” Drs. Carlos Carlos, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University School of Medicine, told NBC News on Friday. “And we see a lot of pain going on.”