North Dakota has the highest number of positive cases per capita in the country over the past 14 days. Iowa and South Dakota experience the highest percentage increases. Missouri has seen more than 1,300 new cases per day on average over the past week.In Iowa, the increase was centered on college towns following the return of students to the classroom. At the end of August, two of the state’s cities, Ames and Iowa City, were experiencing the country’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. Per capita infection rates were higher than in any country.
Amid warnings that disobedience of masks and social distancing could cost hundreds more lives in the coming months, the White House task force said in an Aug.31 report that bars ” must be closed ”in 61 of Iowa’s 99 counties and seats. in restaurants should be limited. He also recommended restrictions on the size of gatherings in the most affected countries, as well as the closure of gymnasiums.
“Community transmission continues to be high in rural and urban Iowa counties, with increasing transmission in major college towns,” the report warns. “Statewide mask warrants must be in place to reduce transmission.”
But Reynolds limited bar closings to six counties, including those with universities. She would go no further than “strongly encouraging” people to wear masks, saying they were “not a quick fix.”
“I still believe that it is up to the governors of the different states to make these decisions,” the governor said.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has also consistently refused to make masks mandatory in public spaces, instead issuing guidelines recommending their use while questioning their effectiveness. Authorities in major cities across the state, including St. Louis and Kansas City, have imposed their own mandatory requirements.
In July, Anthony Fauci, the president’s senior coronavirus expert, urged political leaders in the Midwest to follow the science by warning that the region should learn from the surge in cases in the southern states over the summer.
The University of Washington Institute for Health Measurement and Evaluation predicted that without mandatory masks, Iowa’s daily coronavirus death toll would be six times higher than if 95% of people used masks facial.
Reynolds accused “social activity among young adults” of being behind the rise in the number of coronaviruses. The White House task force warned that college towns should regularly test all students “to immediately identify new cases and outbreaks, isolate them and quarantine them.”
Students at the University of Iowa have demanded testing after nearly 1,600 cases have self-reported on campus since Aug. 18, but the university has resisted.
“Our numbers are clearly terrifying,” associate professor Naomi Greyser told CNN. “They are really scary and my students are scared.”
In Iowa City and Ames counties, well over half of all those tested for Covid-19 were positive for the virus.
Reynolds also backed Iowa State University’s plans to allow 25,000 spectators to attend its first home college football game of the season this week. The university reversed the decision after strong criticism.
Coronavirus politics in the Midwest have become intertwined with politics, even prominent politicians buying up conspiracy theories.
US Senator from Iowa, Joni Ernst, speculated that doctors were exaggerating deaths by falsely pinning deaths from other causes on Covid-19. Ernst, a Republican facing a tight race for re-election, has taken up a conspiracy theory that misinterprets official statistics to say that she was “so skeptical” about the official coronavirus death toll.
“These healthcare providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if Covid is linked to it, so what do you think they are doing? She said, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
The Iowa Medical Society called Ernst’s comments “incredibly disappointing.”
“Now is not the time to spread false truths and mistrust. We have to work together to keep the Iowans safe and healthy, ”he said.