Americans returning from the Thanksgiving break faced harsh new corona virus measures across the country on Monday, while health officials led to a catastrophic deterioration in the nationwide wave due to long weekend festive gatherings.
Los Angeles County ordered home orders for its 10 million residents, and Santa Clara County banned high school, college, and professional sports in the heart of Silicon Valley and ordered quarantine for those who did more than 150 miles. outside the county.
Hawaiin According to Hawaii County Mayor, Pacific travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test should be quarantined for 14 days, and even those who have tested for virus freedom can be randomly selected for another test upon arrival. New Jersey suspends all youth sports.
The epidemic in Santa Clara County is “like a high-speed train,” said Dr. Sara Cody, a health officer.
“We predict that we have set a goal to derail by about the third week of December if we don’t apply the brakes with full force now,” Cody said.
Health experts have asked Americans to stay home during Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who doesn’t live with them. Nonetheless, nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports on Sunday, the most since the March pandemic hit the country and others went to the highways to be with family and friends.
They are now asked to monitor for any signs of the disease and report them immediately if they experience symptoms.
Pinkey Patel, 24, isolates herself at her parents ’home in San Antonio after visiting her friends over the weekend and coming down with a sore throat.
Patel, who works in public health in New York, said he was careful, wore a public mask, and did not stay in restaurants and bars. But he spent time at his friends ’home in Texas because of Thanksgiving.
“I’m an extremely extroverted person and I only have so much time to spend at home with my parents,” said Patel, who stays away from her parents, who both already have illnesses, and wear a mask in their home for the next 14 days.
Kate McPherson, who lives in Washington, is being tested after spending time at home with friends who were in town during the holidays, even though they all tested it before they arrived. His family did not gather at Thanksgiving after his brother scared the exposure.
“I try to be very safe,” said McPherson, who is not in crowded locations. He lives near his parents and is tested every two weeks, “for their sake, but also for the sake of the community”.
Health officials are urging people to stay alert until the vaccine becomes widely available, which is not expected to happen for at least a few months.
On Monday, Moderna Inc. announced that it will ask U.S. and European regulators to allow the urgent use of the COVID-19 vaccine as new study findings confirm that the shots provide strong protection. Pfizer is also seeking approval for its vaccination and hopes to begin administering the shots in the U.S. in December.
The virus is blamed for more than 267,000 deaths and more than 13.4 million confirmed infections in the United States. The country experiences an average of more than 160,000 new cases and more than 1,400 deaths a day – the equivalent of what the nation saw in mid-May when New York City was its epicenter.
A record 90,000 people were hospitalized with the virus in the United States by Sunday, pushing many health care facilities to the extreme.
West Virginia governor Jim Justice said state hospitals will reduce elective surgeries to ensure there is room for coronavirus patients. The number of people hospitalized using COVID-19 has jumped 29% in the past week. In Kansas City, Kansas, hospital and nursing officials said they feared there would not be enough nurses in the subway area to use the new hospital beds if COVID-19 cases remained uncontrollable. Health officials on Monday added 4,425 confirmed infections and 87 hospitalizations to the state’s pandemic number since Friday.
Hospitals in Rhode Island reached their COVID-19 capacity on Monday, the same day the state’s two-week break came into effect. Restrictions announced by Governor Gina Raimondo require some businesses to close, while others are subject to restrictions. Residents are also asked to limit their social circle to people living in their households.
“It’s not going to be easy, but I beg you to take it seriously,” Raimondo said in a statement.
A hospital official on the outskirts of St. Louis warned that hospital care could double in two to three weeks if people are not quarantined after Thanksgiving gatherings. Bridgeton SSM Health DePaul Hospital in Missouri last week brought a morgue trailer to store the dead, canceling elective surgeries and duplicating patients in rooms.
“We’re going to be completely overwhelmed,” said Shelly Cordum, vice president of patient care services and chief nurse. “I can’t imagine what we’ll face in three weeks if we stay that way.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s very first infectious disease expert, warned the ABC over the weekend that the country could experience an “increase in surge” of Thanksgiving-related infections. White House cornona virus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told CBS that traveling people “should be assumed to be exposed and infected” and be examined if they experience symptoms.
Webber reported on Nguyen from Fenton, Michigan, and Oakland, California. Associated Press Writers, Alan Clendenning, Phoenix; Heather Hollingsworth on a mission to Kansas; Jeff McMillan in New York; John Raby in Charleston, West Virginia; Michelle Monroe in Los Angeles; Lauran Neergaard in Washington; William J. Kole in Warwick, Rhode Island; and Paul Davenport of the Phoenix contributed to this report.