Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced changes to state health measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10% of general and staffed intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham this week ordered new restrictions on mass harvesting and 10pm. closing time for shops serving alcohol. And in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear said earlier this month that he instructed authorities to step up the application of masks.
“This is a good time for people to stop and ask themselves, what can I do to be sure to limit further infections that otherwise seem to loom ahead as the cold is coming and people are in the house, and those curves are going towards. up, in the wrong direction, “Collins said Friday.
But it’s not too late to change that. Experts say Americans can help keep the virus in check by listening to basic public health guidelines touted for months by officials: avoid crowded environments, keep your distance, hold small meetings outdoors, and wear a mask.
‘We are in a new wave of growing positivity in Covid-19 cases’
On Thursday, at least 26 U.S. states reported more than 1,000 new cases in one day, according to Johns Hopkins data. And 14 states saw their highest 7-day averages for new daily cases: Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming .
US surgeon general Dr. Jerome Adams has faced a wave of new cases and hospitalizations in Wisconsin and said the state’s positivity rates are “going the wrong way.”
“It is vital that you actually understand where this virus is circulating so that you can keep cases under control and reverse the positivity,” he said Friday.
In Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker said he was concerned about the rise in infections.
“We are in a new wave of growing positivity in Covid-19 cases nationwide, not just Illinois,” he said. “One of the challenges now is that three of the country’s five worst states border Illinois: Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, bordering all of northern Illinois and, of course, Indiana to Kentucky.”
Minnesota outbreak linked to Trump rally
In Minnesota, public health officials say they have so far traced at least 20 cases of the virus to a rally held by President Donald Trump last month or related events.
Of the 20 cases, 16 are among the people who attended the demonstration. Four people said they participated in counter-protests on the same day, the state’s health department told CNN.
The state has tracked a total of 28 cases to various campaign events in recent weeks. One was connected to a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and three were connected to a Minneapolis speech by Vice President Mike Pence in late September.
Ahead of a rally scheduled for Trump this weekend, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer encouraged people who were planning to attend to wear masks and social distance.
“We are always worried when there are large gatherings without masks and social distancing. There is a risk of an epidemic when this happens, so we encourage people to wear their masks and practice social distancing,” Tiffany Brown told CNN. , Whitmer’s press officer 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 ordinances in effect” in the city and county.
“It would be a real shame if a meeting jeopardized all the progress we have made so far,” wrote Mayor Regina Romero.
Pfizer announces Covid-19 vaccination plans
In an open letter released Friday by Pfizer president and chief executive Albert Bourla, the company said it would apply for emergency use authorization (EUA) for its Covid-19 vaccine as early as November.
“Assuming positive data, Pfizer will apply for the use of emergency authorization in the United States soon after reaching the safety milestone in the third week of November,” the letter reads.
But first, writes Bourla, the vaccine should prove safe and effective in preventing the disease.
“And finally, we need to show that the vaccine can consistently be produced to the highest quality standards,” wrote Bourla.
Once a vaccine is approved in the US, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies have been designated to help distribute free vaccines to long-term care facilities, federal officials confirmed. It will be up to the two drug chains to figure out how to administer vaccines, including cold storage requirements and personal protective equipment.
“This is a completely voluntary program by every nursing home. This is an opt-in program,” Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters.
Dave Alsup, Andrea Diaz, Nakia McNabb, Samira Said, Nadia Kounang, Andy Rose, and CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.