This leap has pushed hospitals to the brink, even as businesses struggle to maintain a healthy workforce. In response, several of these managers acknowledged the failures of their licensing strategies and called for stricter health rules and disguised mandates to prevent the virus from spreading.
“We relied on people to take responsibility,” Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon said Friday, “and they are irresponsible.”
Yet other governors, including in South Dakota, continue to oppose actions such as masking.
Here’s a look at how these managers dealt with the fall.
Governor of South Dakota Christie Nov.
“There are many others who question the effectiveness of masks, and South Dakotans need to take the time to read this information so they can make informed decisions about themselves and their families,” she wrote in a post last month. “As I said before, if people want to wear a mask, they must be able to do so. Similarly, those who do not want to wear a mask should not be ashamed to wear it. And the government should not mandate it. “
Jody Doring, a nurse at the South Dakota Emergency Department, said some people dying at the hospital still denied the virus.
“They don’t want to believe that Kovid is real,” she said. “Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t happen.’ It’s not real “. “
Despite the growing health disaster, Noem said on Friday that her strategy worked.
Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgham
Gov. Doug Burgum, a businessman who was elected a Republican in 2016, has opposed the mandate since the pandemic began.
But that position has become untenable in recent weeks as Covid-19 crossed the country. North Dakota has the most coronavirus and deaths per capita in the last seven days from any US state, ranking second only to South Dakota in terms of new hospitalizations.
Over the weekend, he issued health rules to the public that require people to wear masks indoors and restrict indoor gatherings.
“Currently, the data call for a higher level of mitigation efforts to reverse these dangerous trends, slow the spread of the virus and avoid the need for an economic shutdown,” Burgum said in a video statement announcing the measures. “Our situation has changed and we need to change with it.”
In addition, Burgum’s executive order limits people’s capacity in bars, restaurants and event venues.
“We believe in North Dakota. We believe in the power of individual responsibility. And now we need individual responsibility more than ever to slow down the proliferation of Covid-19,” Burgum said.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon
In the country’s most populous country, Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican who took office in 2019, does not issue orders to stay home in the spring and does not require people to wear masks.
Yet after months of advising residents to take “personal responsibility” to protect themselves, he admitted on Friday that the strategy had failed. Wyoming has the fourth-highest daily number of new coronaviruses per capita in the last seven days, along with rising hospitalizations and deaths.
At a news conference filled with frustration and anger, he called the people “knuckles” for their irresponsible actions and said it was “time for Wyoming to wake up and take seriously what it is doing.”
The virus itself has compromised the workforce more than any government action, Gordon said.
“We have more businesses in the state closed by sick workers than by any of our health orders,” he said.
“If I can’t count on you, we’ll have to do something else,” he said.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican who took office in 2017, has opposed masked mandates and exclusions for months.
Iowa now lags only behind Dakota in measuring new coronavirus cases when it is adapted to the population, and the state has the fourth largest number of people hospitalized per capita. His seven-day positivity rate is more than 50%, behind South Dakota and Wyoming.
She said hospitals were pushed to the brink of the virus spread, and she accused many people of being “complacent” about the need to smooth the curve.
“This does not mean that these changes will be easy or popular, but they are necessary if we want to keep our businesses, our children in school open and our health systems stable,” she said.
Governor of Nebraska Pete Ricketts
Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican businessman who has been governor since 2015, has gone further than just any other governor in his resistance to disguising seats.
“This is a very serious situation for our hospitals and we need to be involved in slowing down the spread of this virus,” he said on Friday.
The level of restrictions in the country is based on the availability of a hospital bed in the country, but even the restrictions are quite insignificant.
Ricketts also asked people to wear masks, but rejected the state’s demands, saying, “I am for people’s education.”
He spoke on Friday while self-quarantining at home with his wife after the dinner guest was positive for Covid-19. He tested negative for the virus.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little
The Idaho epidemic is not as terrible as the one in other nearby states – per capita it has had the 17 most recent infections in the last seven days.
However, Gov. Brad Little, a Republican who took office last year, acknowledged that so far the strategy, without a nationwide mandate and few collection restrictions, has not been effective. In particular, he said that public education about wearing masks was inadequate.
Half of Idaho’s population is under local mandates, he said, but people do not observe or take off their masks in private social settings. Hospitals warn that they may soon need to start caring.
So on Friday, LIttle announced it was signing a public health order that would return the state to stage 2 of its resumption plan, which bans the gathering of more than 10 people, both indoors and outdoors, except for religious and political gatherings.
Little did not issue a mandate for the state, but he called on 100 members of the National Guard to support the health care system.
“Our hospitals and other health care providers tell us that too many health workers in Idaho are sick with Covid and they are becoming infected in the community. And healthy doctors and nurses are overworked and burned out,” he said.
CNN’s Artemis Moshtagian, Raja Razek, Gisela Crespo and Nakia McNab contributed to the report.