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CDC pleads with Americans to not travel for Thanksgiving – Twin Cities

2020-11-19 17:05:07 –

Mike Stob and Heather Hollingsworth

New York (AP) — Top US public health agencies don’t travel to Americans for Thanksgiving or spend vacations with people outside their families on Thursday as the coronavirus surges out of control I begged for it.

This was part of the most solid guidance ever from the government on reducing traditional rallies to combat outbreaks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued recommendations just one week before Thanksgiving, when diagnosed infectious diseases, hospitalizations and deaths were on the rise nationwide. In many areas, the combination of sick patients who fill their beds with health care workers who get sick themselves is putting pressure on the healthcare system.

CDC’s Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz cited more than one million new cases in the United States in the past week as the reason for the new guidance.

“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to stay home with the people of your family,” she said.

The CDC recommends that organizers take additional precautions if their families decide to include returning college students, military personnel, etc. in turkeys and stuffing. Serve food.

Whether Americans pay attention to warnings is another matter. The deadly resurrection of the virus is due to pandemic malaise, or those who are tired of masks and other precautions. And, despite dull warnings from health officials, there was a surge last summer after Memorial Day and July 4.

In the United States, more than 11 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infections and more than 250,000 have died. CDC scientists believe that about 40% of infected people have no obvious symptoms, but can still spread the virus.

Also on Thursday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said she was “two weeks off” as some businesses were closed after November 30 and the capacity of restaurants and places of worship was reduced. I announced that I called. .. 13. If not alleviated by then, she said a “perfect lockdown” would continue.

Also, New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Snune, who previously resisted the state-wide demand for mask obligations, has issued an order requiring face covers to be worn in public spaces indoors and outdoors. did.

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Catch up with non-COVID-19 cases

Hospitals are struggling to catch up with non-coronavirus cases, from fractures to heart attacks, in a state where COVID-19 cases are resource-constrained.

In Kansas, local hospitals are struggling to transfer patients to larger hospitals for more advanced care.

“Whether surgery is required for normal pneumonia, appendicitis, or fractures, the number of beds in the facility is limited and these routine cases are rare,” Smith Center and others said. Rural community. “They say,’Send them home. Have them follow up in the office. We don’t want to see them unless it’s life-threatening.”

Earlier this month, the Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin announced that it would suspend selective medical procedures.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said there are few resources for heart attack patients, pregnant women, or cancer patients because COVID-19 patients claim a quarter of the state’s beds.

“All of us are suffering when we overrun or approach the hospital,” Pritzker said.

SICK HOSPITAL WORKERS

The Mayo Clinic Health System, a network of Midwestern hospitals and clinics run by the world-famous Mayo Clinic, reported that 905 staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Dr. Amy Williams, Executive Dean of the Mayo Clinic Practice, said the majority were exposed to the community and were not working.

“This shows how widespread it is in our community and how easy it is to get COVID-19 here in the Midwestern community,” she said.

In Kansas, 150 employees and doctors at Topeka Hospital had a case of coronavirus activity or were quarantined for contact with someone who had coronavirus. In addition, the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City had 187 employees, including doctors, nurses, and support staff, after a positive test result on Tuesday. An additional 200 people were not working while they were waiting for the test results.

Positive rate

The positive rate (the rate of tests that return positive for the virus) plays a more important role in the state’s response to the recent crisis.

New York City closed face-to-face lessons in the country’s largest school system this week after the positive rate exceeded 3%. The angry family who believes it is too strict and wonders why bars and restaurants can stay open.

The positive rate has skyrocketed to record levels across the country. South Dakota, Iowa, and Wyoming all have an average of over 50%, with a national average of 10%.

Health experts warn that positive data are vulnerable because states calculate rates differently. However, they say the overall trend is not controversial, and it shows serious spread and inadequate testing in many places.

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Hollingsworth was reported by the Kansas mission. Associated Press reporters from all over the country contributed.

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The Associated Press’s Department of Health Sciences is supported by the Department of Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Associated Press is solely responsible for all content.

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