The impact is being felt in every section of the country – a lockout starting Friday on the Ogla Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota, Florida health officials pleading to stay at children’s birthday parties, strict warning from Utah governor And is increasingly in a desperate situation in a hospital in northern Idaho, running out of space for patients and considering an airlift to Seattle or Portland, Oregon.”We’ve essentially locked up an entire floor of our hospital. We’ve had double rooms. We bought more hospital beds,” Dr. Said Robert Scoggins, a lung physician at the Kootenai Health Hospital in Coeur d’Alene. “Our hospital is not made for an epidemic.”
In the city of Southern Idaho, St. Louis’ Magic Valley Medical Center, said it would no longer accept children because it overwhelmed coronovirus patients. All people under the age of 18, except newborns, will be sent 128 miles (206 kilometers) away in Boise.
Board member Walk Kirby was among those who joined Scoggins at a meeting of Idaho’s Pondale Health District in northern Idaho.
“People are dying, they are dying and holding this stuff,” Kirby said. “How many people won’t wear masks? The same people who won’t get vaccinated for it.”
Utah’s Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday declared “a record day for Utah – but not a good one” as the COVID-19 cases reached an all-time high for the state.
“So far, our hospitals have been able to provide good care to all COVID and non-COVID patients who need it,” he said. “But today we stand on the verge. If the Utahns do not take serious steps to limit mass celebrations and wear masks, our healthcare providers will not have the ability to provide quality care for everyone who needs it. ”
According to the public health system, masks are required in 21 counties, Herbert said, urging Utah residents to wear them whenever they are around someone outside their home.
The seven-day rolling average for new daily COVID-19 cases in the US crossed 61,140 on Thursday, compared with 44,647 two weeks earlier. The record was reached by July 22, when rolling averages averaged 67,293 in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California amid a summer outbreak driven largely by a surge of viruses.
The US rise marks an equally widespread spike in Europe, where nightlife is resuming in Rome, Paris, and other major cities due to rapidly increasing measures being taken to slow the spread of the epidemic As part of. French authorities said the country had recorded more than 1 million confirmed coronovirus cases since the onset of the epidemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number.
The head of the World Health Organization warned that countries in the Northern Hemisphere are at a “critical juncture” as cases and deaths continue to rise.
“The next few months are going to be very difficult and some countries are on a dangerous path,” WHO Director General Tedros Adnom Ghibeyius said in a press briefing on Friday.
Some of the latest developments in the United States:
In South Dakota, the Ogala Sioux tribe ordered a one-week lockdown of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. During the morning of 30 October, all non-essential travel is banned and non-essential businesses have to be closed.
The tribe posted on its Twitter page that as of Thursday, there were 391 active COVID-19 cases under reservation, which has about 20,000 residents.
The lockdown comes as South Dakota surpassed 9,000 active coronavirus cases on Thursday and reported all high levels of 973 new cases a day.
The top health officer in Florida’s most populous county discouraged parents from hosting birthday parties for their children, no matter what.
A state health officer of Orange County, Drs. Raul Pino said that half of the 30 attendees at the recent Sweet 16 party in the Orlando area came down with the virus. Last month, an Orange County high school closed for two weeks after students attending a birthday party tested positive.
“Those parties have not only influenced those who are participating in that activity, but all the more they come in contact when they are on vacation”. “If we don’t act excessively, we will continue to see results.”
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott is sending more medical reinforcements to the El Paso area in response to a surge of coronovirus infections. The Texas State Department of State Health Services and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will provide more medical personnel and equipment this week.
El Paso County reported 3,750 new coronavirus infections this week, including 1,161 on Thursday. The state’s 254 counties reported 17.5% of the 21,321 cases this week.
Even as health-care conditions worsened in northern Idaho, a regional health board voted to repeal a local mask mandate. It was acted out moments after hearing how Kootenai Health Hospital in Coeur d’Alene had reached 99% capacity.
Kootenai is the third most populous county in conservative Idaho.
The state is facing its largest coronavirus spike since the epidemic began, with new cases increasing statewide by 46.5% in the past two weeks. Gob Brad Little, a Republican, has refused to take steps such as a statewide need mask to slow the spread of the virus.
St. Luke’s vice president in the Magic Valley area, Drs. Joshua Kern, who includes Twin Falls and Jerome, said during a virtual press conference on Thursday that he and other medical professionals are frightened.
“Any intervention around the coronavirus is intended to prevent hospitals from getting heavy, and I’m saying today that the hospital is getting overwhelmed,” he said.
A day later on Friday, his hospital announced the sending of young patients to Boise.
New Jersey and Connecticut
For some time, as new COVID-19 cases have increased in the Midwest and elsewhere, the level of new cases in the Northeast has remained low, much harder than previously in the epidemic. Several states, including New Jersey and Connecticut, imposed 14-day quarantine requirements for passengers arriving from dozens of states with high rates of positive testing.
This week, however, rates in New Jersey and Connecticut have risen to the point where they qualify for their own quarantine restrictions.
After some confusion, the Democratic governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, where rates remain low, decided to keep their travel rules, but did not add each other to their quarantine list.
Report reported from New York. Associated Press writers Amy Forlity in Minneapolis; Dave Collins in Hartford, Connecticut, Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and Freida Frisaro in Orlando, Florida contributed to this report.
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