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Cases of coronavirus are surging across the United States. As more people congregate indoors in the cold weather and pandemic fatigue leads to more risk-taking behavior, data shows an alarming surge of new daily coronavirus cases.
The US has a total of over 12 million confirmed cases and over 250,000 deaths from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged the public in recent weeks to forgo any travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and a bipartisan group of governors from seven states penned an op-ed in the Washington Post asking families to “reconsider” spending the holiday with “people outside your household.”
In addition to recommendations from the national level, a number of states and cities have announced new restrictions in the wake of the rising cases, including three governors who have pivoted from their previous stances to enforce statewide mask mandates.
Here’s how the governors of Utah, Iowa, and South Dakota eventually ordered the policies in response to the country’s third wave.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds previously dismissed ideas of a mask mandate as “just kind of a feel-good” measure.
In July, Reynolds said on a Des Moines radio show that she would not enforce a mask mandate, which she brushed off, saying she believes in Iowans.
“No, I’m not going to mandate masks. I trust Iowans. I believe in Iowans,” she said on the show, The Quad-City Times reported in July. “Most of the states or entities that have done that, they’ve actually gone as far as to say we’re not going to enforce it, so it’s just kind of a feel-good.”
In the month of July, Iowa was seeing record cases of new daily cases. The Gazette reported on July 4 that the new daily case …read more
Source:: Business Insider