Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced changes to state health measures, including requiring hospitals to book at least 10 percent of shared beds and Covid-19 intensive care beds. This week, New Mexico Gov. Michel Luzhan Grisham ordered new restrictions on mass gatherings and a 22-hour closing time for bars serving alcohol. And in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshir said earlier this month that he had instructed authorities to step up the use of masks.
“This is a good time for people to stop and ask themselves what to do to try to make sure we limit further infections that otherwise appear before us, as the cold weather begins and people are indoors, and those curves are going up, in the wrong direction, “Collins said Friday.
But it’s not too late to turn things around. Experts say Americans can help control the virus by sticking to the basic public health guidelines advertised by authorities for months: avoiding crowded settings, keeping a distance, keeping small gatherings outdoors and wearing a mask .
“We are in a new wave of growing positivity in the Covid-19 case”
At least 26 U.S. states reported more than 1,000 new cases a day on Thursday, according to data from John Hopkins. And 14 states saw their highest 7-day averages for new daily events: Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. .
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams turned to a wave of new cases and hospitalizations in Wisconsin, saying the state’s level of positivity was “going in the wrong direction.”
“It is extremely important to understand where this virus is circulating so that we can get cases under control and reverse the positivity,” he said on Friday.
In Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker said he was concerned about the rise in infections.
“We are in a new wave of growing positive in Covid-19 cases across the country, not just in Illinois,” he said. “One of the challenges now is that three of the worst five states in the country border Illinois: Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, bordering all of Northern Illinois and, of course, Indiana all the way to Kentucky.”
The Minnesota outbreak is linked to the Trump rally
In Minnesota, public health officials say they have so far tracked at least 20 cases of the virus back to a rally by President Donald Trump last month or related events.
Of the 20 cases, 16 were among those present at the rally. Four people said they took part in counter-protests the same day, the state health department told CNN.
In recent weeks, the state has tracked a total of 28 cases of various events in the campaign. One was related to a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and three were related to a speech in Minneapolis by Vice President Mike Pence in late September.
Ahead of Trump’s expected rally this weekend, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer encouraged people who planned to attend to wear masks and social distance.
“We are always concerned when there are large gatherings without masks and social distancing. There is a risk of an outbreak when this happens, so we encourage people to wear their masks and practice social distancing,” Whitmer’s spokeswoman Tiffany Brown told CNN in a statement. .
And in Tucson, Arizona, where Trump is scheduled to hold a political rally on Monday, the mayor wrote an open letter to remind campaign officials of the “various regulations in force” in the city and county.
“It would be deeply unfortunate if a gathering threatened all the progress we have made so far,” wrote Mayor Regina Romero.
Pfizer announces plans for the Covid-19 vaccine
In an open letter published on Friday by Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Burla, the company said it plans to apply for an emergency authorization (EUA) for its Covid-19 vaccine as early as November.
“If we accept the positive data, Pfizer will apply for emergency permits in the United States shortly after reaching the safety milestone in the third week of November,” the letter said.
But first, Burla writes, the vaccine must be safe and effective in preventing the disease.
“Finally, we need to show that the vaccine can be produced consistently to the highest quality standards,” Burla wrote.
Once the vaccine is approved in the United States, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies have been designated to support the distribution of free vaccines in long-term care facilities, federal officials have confirmed. The two drug chains will determine how to deliver the vaccines, including cold storage requirements and personal protective equipment.
“It’s a completely voluntary program by every nursing home. It’s an inclusion program,” Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, told reporters.
CNN’s Dave Alsup, Andrea Diaz, Nakia McNab, Samira Saeed, Nadia Kounang, Andy Rose and Shelby Lynn Erdman contributed to the report.