This fear is so great that the task force this week called on public health officials to take matters into their own hands if policies are not strict enough to suit the moment.
“If state and local policies do not reflect the seriousness of the current situation, then all public health officials should directly warn the state population,” the November 29 reports sent to individual states stated.
In addition, guidelines for behavior have been outlined depending on age or risk factors, such as those over 65 receiving food and medication because the risk is very high.
“If you are under the age of 40, you should assume that you became infected during Thanksgiving if you gathered outside your immediate household. You may have no symptoms; however, it is dangerous to others and you must isolate anyone from the increased risk of serious illness and immediately examine, “the reports state.
The task force has expressed concern and issued personalized recommendations to all states since June.
Again, North Dakota is the state with the most new cases per population, followed by South Dakota, followed by Wyoming, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Kansas and Montana in the top 10.
Idaho is the state with the highest test positivity rate, which can predict sudden cases, followed by hospitalizations and deaths, followed by Montana, followed by Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada and Indiana in the top 10.
The task force’s remarks calling on public health officials to directly warn the state population if the policy does not reflect the seriousness of the situation could have been directed to states like Missouri and Tennessee, where there are still no state-level mask mandates.
“The depth of the spread of viruses in Missouri remains significant, and without public health regulations that would force Missourians to take other action, the spread will remain unyielding, with a significant impact on the health system,” the task force warned both states.
In Wisconsin, “cases and test positivity in an ongoing health emergency are extremely high,” the task force said, although it noted a “significant decrease” in new cases compared to the previous week. The report warned of a “minimum reserve capacity in the health care system” there. He also suggested that clinical facilities “have expansion and contingency plans.”
The task force called for “more intensive restrictions” in Wyoming, including increased capacity restrictions on restaurants and bars, and “enforceable requirements for face masks and social distance.” Citizens who have been tested, according to the report, “receive written and oral education, with instructions on isolation (and how to isolate it) until results return, and to continue isolation if results are positive.
The Idaho report also suggested that “further restrictions are warranted to reduce hospital care and deaths.” There is no state-level mask mandate in Idaho.
In New Mexico, the country with the fourth highest number of new cases in the country, there has been a decline in stability and test positivity in new cases over the past week, which the working group said could mean the state “high plateau and improve if no new wave. “
There may also be a plateau in Arkansas, the state report says, but warned that “the percentage of nursing homes with at least one positive staff member and positive resident is increasing, indicating that the virus is still widespread.”
According to the report, hospital treatments “will continue in the coming weeks”.
The Arkansas report also noted that testing trends “should be interpreted with caution this week, given the reduction in the number of people testing because of Thanksgiving.”
In Delaware and Washington, the task force expressed leaders’ concern that “the current situation is critical and that the public and the health care system must do everything they can to prepare for and limit post-Thanksgiving revival.” This, according to the report, includes improved public adherence to “urgently needed” social isolation to “limit excessive hospital capacity and further preventable deaths” as well as limit travel during the holiday season.
In California, the state report “saw a further significant increase in reported cases, a significant increase in the number of hospitalizations, and a steady increase in deaths.”
“The current situation is critical after more than a month of steady, rapid increases in cases and hospitalizations; the population and the health care system must do everything they can to prepare for and limit post-Thanksgiving rebirth,” the report said.
The task force had similar concerns about Minnesota, where “new hospital treatments declined slightly last week but remain extremely high,” and “most health care workers are unable to work due to or exposure to the virus infection.
The Utah report praised the state for extending the testing, which it called a “critical achievement,” and a face mask requirement, which it called “very commendable,” adding that the state should launch a “festive public messaging campaign.”
In Pennsylvania, where cases are also on the rise, the task force expressed concern “especially about the local hospital shortage and the expected further growth during the upcoming holidays.”
According to the task force, Pennsylvania media platforms “should fully address public health messages about the risks of social gatherings, a clear recommendation to avoid such gatherings, the critical need for facials and social isolation, and how to report non – compliance. ”
According to the report, public health messaging should “employ champions from different political and cultural belief systems to convey the importance of mitigation efforts”.
Maryland said the report “shows signs of continued viral infection,” calling for short-term mitigation measures, including restrictions on indoor meals.
The task force shared its concerns about the proliferation of the state with Vermont, although it suggested that “the modest proportion of Vermonters who indicated in a nationwide survey that they plan to spend Thanksgiving with other households is encouraging.”
New task forces in Hawaii are also a concern, the task force said.
“Given the need to protect the islands from the heightened epidemic (in the continental United States), the requirements for recently tightened tourists are justified and should continue throughout the tourist season,” the report said.
According to the report, hospital admission in Alabama “continued to increase at a high level.”
Reports from several states again called for a proactive test to identify asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals, and again called for “significant changes in the behavior of all Americans.”
The reports also noted that universities need to aggressively test students returning to college after Thanksgiving and plan weekly tests after the winter break.