“An aggressive, fast, and expanding community is prevalent across the country and reaches more than 2,000 counties,” said a set of reports dated Nov. 22 and received by CNN.
The reports compared mitigation strategies in parts of the country, such as the use of masks, social distance and dietary restrictions, with Europe, but warned that efforts in parts of the United States were having no effect.
“In states with aggressive mitigation, we are beginning to see the effects of this mitigation despite the cold weather. We are also seeing stabilization in a number of European countries that have implemented strong public and private mitigation but maintained education. Efforts to mitigate climate change , or have had a significant impact too recently. ”
These mitigation strategies, according to the task force, require “significant changes in American behavior,” including the wearing of masks.
More aggressive testing efforts, the task force said, “should be linked to significant behavioral change for all Americans. Always provide masks to the public, increase physical distance by significantly reducing public and private indoor capacities, and ensure that all Americans understand what is outside their immediate household.” , a clear risk of ANY family or friend interaction outside the home without a mask.
The reports also offered this bleak assessment: “Every state and every county needs to smooth the curve to maintain the health care system for both Covid and non-Covid emergencies.”
North Dakota is again the state with the lowest number of new cases per 100,000 residents since mid-October, followed by Wyoming, followed by South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, Utah and New Mexico. -in. .
In states with growing cases, such as Delaware, the task force recommended some interventions, including “restricting indoor dining and restricting or closing church areas without masking.” But reports said these measures had “limited success in preventing proliferation at private rallies,” calling for reinforced messaging about social gatherings, including avoiding large groups and using masks.
Days before Thanksgiving, the task force urged this message: “We need to protect those we are grateful for in our family and community. Ensure covered camouflage around vulnerable family members at every gathering.”
A report for Pennsylvania expressed concern about the hospital shortage.
“The continued increase in transmission continues to be a cause for concern, particularly due to local hospital shortages and further increases in the expected holidays. Recent restrictions are justified and commendable,” the Pennsylvania report said.
The task force praised Iowa this week after Republican Governor Kim Reynolds introduced some camouflage policy.
“Steps taken by the governor to reduce transmission are encouraged; this is the first week that the number of cases is lower than in previous weeks. Hospital care for Covid will continue in the coming weeks; within the yellow zone than in states that have eased sharply during the summer surge, ”the Iowa report said.
The task force also raised questions about the level of care in Louisiana hospitals.
“Individual hospital reports show early signs of decline in N95, robe and gloves. To confirm the data, please contact all hospitals with less than a week of care. If this care problem is confirmed, contact your regional FEMA office According to the Louisiana report.
And the reports encouraged states to come up with a plan to test college students.
“Ensure that every university returning this winter passes the mandatory weekly test for university students. Planning for this should begin now,” the reports reported.