Texas, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands alone have seen a decline in Covid-19 in the past two weeks as the country prepares for a possible “third peak” of the disease.
Although Lone Star reported a “slight decrease” in cases over the 14-day period that ended Saturday, its news was better than most: 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have seen an increase in cases in the past 14 days. , and nine states have reached the plateau, according to estimates by NBC News. Rhode Island, which, like Texas, also recorded a net reduction, did not report data for the weekend, and Missouri does not report data due to technology problems.
In Vermont and New Mexico, the number of cases has increased by 117% over the past two weeks.
“We’re really struggling,” said Dr. Todd Vento, director of the Utah Telemedicine Infectious Diseases Program, “Intermountain Health,” on NBC TODAY. “People are doing heroic work, but in reality they are coming to the point that it will be literally unstable.”
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. According to the state health department, on Friday the state, which does not report counts of cases over the weekend, saw a record 3861 new cases.
In North Dakota, a whopping 4% of the state has contracted Covid-19 since March, and most of these cases have been reported in the last few weeks.
According to NBC News, North and South Dakota lead the United States on a weekly basis of the virus per capita, and intensive care units are filling up across the state. According to the latest data released by the North Dakota Department of Health, there are 16 open intensive care beds in the state, only one in the capital Bismarck. A state that does not have a mandate only recommends that residents close their faces.
“You know, from my point of view, the mandate of the mask will be difficult to fulfill,” said Kirby Krueger, director of disease control in North Dakota. “I think there’s a section of the population that doesn’t want to do that … it’s not that they feel the government should impose on them.”
Governor Doug Burgum continued to emphasize individual responsibility as the state sees cases increase. “I think it’s important for the future of our state to understand that there is something more powerful than an executive order – infinitely more powerful than a mandate – and that is a belief that people hold in their hearts,” he told a news conference.
Burgum said he was “shocked” that people were still discussing the mandate of the mask, because “there is no other way to force someone to wear a mask than for that person to decide to do so.”
In Texas, where the disease is declining slightly, there were more than 860,000 cases and nearly 17,500 deaths. Although the trend is somewhat positive, Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday sent additional resources to Panhandle and the Southern Plains to support local hospitals.
“As the Amarillo and Lubbock communities see an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Texas is supporting hospitals in the two regions,” Abbott said in a press release.
An almost nationwide surge occurs when epidemiologists warn of a possible “third peak” of Covid-19, this time mainly focused on the Midwest and the plains.
“Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, we have a potentially six weeks of events, though we’ll be meeting with family and friends,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease expert at Emory University School of Medicine. NBC News on Friday. “And we can see a lot of diseases.”