With the sharp drop in COVID-19 cases, some schools in the US are considering easing mask rules, but deaths in the country have been on the rise in the past few weeks, signs of stress are showing in some rural hospitals, and cold weather is coming.
The number of new cases in the country has been falling sharply since the peak of the delta wave in mid-September. The United States, on average, has about 73,000 new cases per day, less than half of the nearly 173,000 reported on September 13th. And the number of Americans in hospital with COVID-19 has roughly halved since early September to about 47,000.
In Florida, the mandate for Miami-Dade County masks could be relaxed by the end of October if encouraging numbers continue. A high school outside of Boston was the first in Massachusetts to make masks optional after it reached the state’s vaccination threshold. After being vaccinated, about 95% of eligible people at Hopkinton High School voted to allow vaccinated students and staff to discard masks for a three-week trial period starting November 1.
However, there are some warning signs, including the onset of cold weather, which forces people to go to premises where the virus can spread more easily.
With the reduction in required mask use across much of the United States, University of Washington’s influential COVID-19 prediction model predicts an increase in infections and hospitalizations in November.
In addition, the number of COVID-19 deaths per day has started to rise again after the decline that began in late September. The number of deaths is about 1,700 a day, up from 1,500 two weeks earlier.
In sparsely populated Wyoming, where vaccination rates are among the lowest in the country, hospitals admit more patients than at any other stage of the pandemic.
“It looks like a war zone,” Health Inspector Dr. Mark Dowell told the District Health Board about the situation at the Wyoming Medical Center, according to the Casper Star Tribune. “The intensive care unit is overcrowded.”
The vast majority of hospitalized patients in Wyoming have not received a vaccine, and the state’s vaccination rate is only about 43%. Below is only West Virginia.
In rural Minnesota, a man waited two days for a bed in intensive care, and later died. Bob Cameron, 87, was admitted to his hometown hospital in Hallock with severe gastrointestinal bleeding and COVID-19. Officials were looking for a place in a larger center.
The bleeding depleted the hospital’s blood supply and government soldiers traveled 130 miles (209 kilometers) with the new units, but his condition worsened after surgery and he died on October 13, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Of course, we cannot say with certainty that if he had gone to bed earlier in the intensive care unit, he would have survived, but we just feel deep down that he would have survived,” said Cameron’s granddaughter, Jeanne Curry.
For three weeks this month, rural hospitals in Minnesota treated more COVID-19 patients than hospitals in the state’s main metropolitan area, Minneapolis Street. Paul.
Hospital tensions in Colorado forced the second district to renew its mandate to use home masks last week, according to the Denver Post. Nearly 80% of COVID-19 patients in Colorado hospitals are not vaccinated.