At least seven states have set new records for a single-day increase in coronavirus cases, prompting some to set new restrictions as concerns are mounting on possible “abundant events” in coming holiday season.
Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and West Virginia set records on Friday on the number of new virus cases, NBC News reports.
Colorado recorded 1,312 cases on Friday, the same day the mayor of Denver announced the same more stringent mandate for masks requiring residents to wear face masks outside and a limit on gatherings in ”; unregulated settings “to no more than five people.
“Over the past several weeks, we have worked hard to reduce our caseloads and keep hospitals rising,” Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement. “But we need to do more. With the holidays approaching, we must take further steps over the next 30 days and work together to make the effort that needs to be made to enjoy the coming holiday season.”
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The mask mandate will remain in effect until further notice, while the limit on gatherings will be until November 16.
Idaho recorded 1,094 new cases on Friday, while Indiana and Minnesota each reported more than 2,200 cases, according to NBC data.
Idaho governor Brad Little said Thursday that the state will remain in phase 4 of its reopening plan after failing to meet standards for a full reopening for the ninth consecutive, Idaho Statesman.
Residents are less encouraged to continue wearing masks and practice social isolation.
“Our personal actions work better to slow the spread of coronavirus than anything else,” the governor said, according to the outlet. “It’s about personal responsibility, something about Idaho.”
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said he was “deeply saddened” by the increase in cases, although he said some of them could be attributed to more trials.
“Some of the things we thought were OK to do a month or so ago today, are more dangerous now just because of the level of viral spread around our state,” he told MinnPost.
North Dakota and New Mexico also broke Friday’s daily record with 859 cases and 812, respectively. Each West Virginia and Wyoming reported just under 500 new cases that day.
A spokesman for the New Mexico governor’s office called the increase in that state a “Covid-19 wildfire,” Santa Fe New Mexico reported.
“The virus spreads when people give it a chance to spread, and New Mexicans do that,” spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett said.
In Wisconsin, health officials urged residents not to gather with anyone outside their immediate family.
“I think people should think of all the things they do outside the confines of their immediate family as a potential place where they can interact with Covid-19,” Andrea Palm said. to the State Department. Health services. “Now is the time to choose not to do those things.”
He added that the spread of the community makes it difficult to track contact.
The increase in cases comes beyond the United States to 8 million infections and amid concerns about what epidemiologists call the “third peak.”
Many experts have also expressed concern that the holiday could trigger an increase in infections at family and friends gatherings that have become “more eventful.”
Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told NBC News this week that as the weather cools more people will start moving indoor gatherings.
Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University School of Medicine, said there are “potentially six weeks more pervasive events” between Thanksgiving and New Year.