SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) – With large-scale coronovirus cases in Donotus and elected leaders refusing to intervene forcefully, the burden of pushing people to take the virus seriously has increasingly put the families of those who have died.
The ranks of those who know what it means to lose someone who likes COVID-19 is increasing. North Dakota and South Dakota have the worst per capita death rates in the past 30 days. Despite advances in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of more people have died in recent weeks than in any other period – a serious exclamation point at the outbreak of the virus that killed the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest.
In Dakota, the virus has shown some signs of slowing down. With winter approaching and hospitals circling to make room for COVID-19 patients, medical experts worry that virus deaths will continue to climb in areas where people have been slow to adopt mitigation measures such as wearing masks. Republican governors of both states have defied government orders in curbing outbreaks, leaning on the ideals of limited government.
The deaths continue to grow closer to home among many tight-knit communities: a priest in the Roman Catholic diocese of Fargo; A former school principal in De Smet; An elementary school employee in Sioux Falls; North Dakota State Legislative Candidate.
“Sometimes I think that’s not true,” Chris Bjorkman, who lost her husband, John Bjorkman, 66. “Sometimes I think he’s going to walk through the door, but he’s not there yet, so I’m just waiting.”
Bjorkman’s family, who live in Day Smet, a town in eastern South Dakota where Laura Ingalls Wilder once settled, decided to publicly share her struggle with the virus as she serves the community Used to like After a career as a teacher and school administrator, Bjorkman was a well-known figure, remembered for his fun and caring manner for children.
Chris Bjorkman said, “I want people to know what COVID can do and how serious it is.”
The family experienced a crunch facing the health care system as John Bjorkman was taken to a hospital in Minnesota after his condition worsened. The family regularly posted Facebook updates as they were transferred to an intensive care unit in Sioux Falls and placed on a ventilator.
Doctors are unsure how many more Borkman cases they can handle.
“At this time, we are moving towards making our health care systems heavier and I think that is closer to what people are understanding,” Dr. Said Michael Ptila, a critical care physician at Yankton Medical Clinic.
The hospital system in Dakota is a complex network of critical access facilities in rural areas and small hospitals that depend on transferring patients to a handful of large hospitals in the region.
The rush of virus patients has increased emotional and physical stress on hospital staff, even as they try to remain free of infection. During an interview with the Associated Press, Piattila was interrupted by an email ping that informed him that several hospital staff tested positive for the virus.
“COVID patients come and they stay sick for a long time – once a week,” he said. “Many of these COVID patients are no better. It is very sad. “
North Dakota reported that 309 people died in COVID-19 in the past 30 days, which is higher than all other periods. According to Johns Hopkins data, the state reported about 41 deaths per 100,000 people, in terms of per capita deaths in the last 30 days. On Saturday, North Dakota recorded 15 additional deaths and 1,615 new cases statewide.
South Dakota reported 252 deaths, a 98% increase over the past 30 days. According to Johns Hopkins data, it was about 29 deaths per 100,000 people in the last 30 days. The state on Saturday recorded thirteen more deaths in addition to 1,337 new cases of COVID-19.
“I am deeply disappointed by the devastation people are experiencing,” said Mike Henriksen, a sports broadcaster from South Dakota. “If we just keep looking for each other, we can stop it.”
The seriousness of Dakota’s situation has led to concerned medical experts around the country, such as Dr. Dean of the Brown School of Public Health. Ashish. He called Dakota a “cautionary tale” about the consequences of ignoring the science of viruses and public health initiatives.
Jha said the region began to experience a strong climb in cases after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, a two-week event that drew about 500,000 people. As infection numbers rise, Jha said, it becomes harder and harder to control the spread.
“It’s a freight train that is moving very fast and is going to put a lot of effort to stop it,” he said.
The doctors were stunned that they are still persuading people to take precautions.
“When I go out and I don’t find significant numbers of people masking, that really worries me,” Dr. Said Javed Nazir, a clinical professor at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. “It’s not going away.”
On October 26, on the Bismarck tour of North Dakota, the White House Coronaires Response Coordinator, Dr. Her head was shaken by what Deborah Birks found, saying that she uses masks less often than anywhere else in the country.
Nevertheless, the governors of both the states have made it clear that they will not issue the masked mandate.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who has just won revision, is following what he calls a “light touch of government” and encouraging people to voluntarily cover their faces. He has also refused to impose limits on social ceremonies and commercial businesses.
In South Dakota, Noam has expressed doubts about whether wearing the mask in public is effective, saying that she will leave it to the people. He has said that the virus cannot be stopped. The state’s largest medical groups recently launched a campaign to clarify that masks work.
More people experiencing COVID-19 firsthand, including Republicans, are demanding more from the government.
The Speaker of the North Dakota House, Bismarck Republican Rep. Lawrence Klemin, spent four days at his 99-year-old mother’s bedside, “holding her hand and watching her die” from Kovid-19. Klemin stated that the mask needed to be worn.
“It was really a difficult thing to experience,” Klemin said of his mother’s death. “I don’t want to do this to anyone.”
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