Americans went to the polls on Tuesday in the shadow of a resurging pandemic, with an alarming rise in cases across the country and the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 hitting record highs in an increasing number of states.
While daily infections increased in all but three states, the increases were most pronounced in the Midwest and Southwest.
Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico all reported record high hospital admissions this week. Nebraska’s largest hospitals began limiting elective surgeries and trying to bring in nurses from other states to deal with the surgery. Hospital officials in Iowa and Missouri have warned that patient bed capacity could be overwhelmed soon.
The resurgence covers candidates and voters, fearing both the virus itself and the economic damage of any new shutdown to control its spread. The debate over how costly economic measures to take has divided a country that has been polarized during President Donald Trump̵7;s four years in office.
The epidemic of colors that voters chose at the ballot box and how they did it. While many Americans have taken advantage of extended access to mail-based voting, long lines in many polling stations, with record-expected voters and a reminder of pandemic everywhere.
“It was very serious that we had 400 people gathered in one space at the height of the pandemic in Wisconsin. So we have tried to take every action to limit room movement, ”said Claire Woodall-Vogg, director of the Electoral Commission of the city of Milwaukee, where exploration work is concerned. are divided into 12 different groups to limit exposure.
Wisconsin health officials reported 5,771 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, a new record.
In Indiana, the Republican candidate for the attorney general position tested positive for COVID-19 after developing “some symptoms,” his campaign announced on Tuesday. Former US Representative Todd Rokita was quarantined from the family after learning he had been exposed to the virus, it said.
Hand wash from voters’ hands has stuck the ballot scanner at a polling station in Des Moines, Iowa, Foreign Minister Kevin Hall spokesman said.
Hall said some voters’ hands got wet as they processed the ballots and that the buildup of disinfectant eventually stopped the scanner from working. Machine was repaired in about an hour.
Meanwhile, Iowa hospital officials warned facilities and their staff could be overwhelmed if there are no serious efforts to stop the spread of the virus. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the state’s seven-day average reached 36.4%, the third highest nationally after South Dakota and Wyoming. Hospital admissions hit a record 730 on Monday.
Suresh Gunasekaran, CEO of the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, said Iowa is entering a third peak, higher than previous times in May and July. He said his greatest concern is that this peak occurs early in the cold season, when flu and other respiratory illnesses often increase hospital admissions.
“Infection rates are undoubtedly a leading indicator for hospitalizations, and hospitalization rates are a leading indicator of mortality,” Gunasekaran said.
Nebraska health officials say hospital admissions have doubled in recent weeks, reaching a record 613 on Sunday.
“There is no doubt if this trend continues – not just in our hospitals – but all hospitals in the state are able to operate at full capacity in a very short time,” said Dr. Cary. Ward, medical director of CHI Health’s 14-hospital network across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, said during a video call with reporters.
In Missouri, leaders of several rural hospitals raised the alarm about hospital bed capacity during last week’s conference meeting with Republican Governor Mike Parson, who drew new flames from protesters. Democratic elections because he refuses to issue a mask statewide order. The state health department reported 1,659 statewide hospitalizations on Monday, surpassing the previous record 10 cases set a day earlier. Of the five additional deaths, a 13-year-old boy, the first child under 14 years old, died from the virus in Missouri.
In Colorado, officials said more residents were hospitalized for the coronavirus than at any time since its peak in April. The flags were flying at half a scepter in New Mexico, where COVID-19 deaths surpassed 1,000 last week and hospital admissions hit a record 380 on Monday.
Trump’s insistence that the US is “rounding up” the virus has caused many voters to confront other angry storytelling figures.
This virus has killed more than 232,000 people in the country and the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections has surpassed 9 million. As the number of people hospitalized soared, so did the number of deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, the seven-day average death rate for COVID-19 deaths has increased in the past two weeks from about 58,424 on October 19 to 83,805 on Monday.
Carrie Rogers, 44, a software development manager from Mount Laurel, said: “The fact that he (Trump) acted like this was a fake virus that the whole world would kick him out of office for. see how complicated his thinking is. NJ, who voted for former Vice President Joe Biden into one of hundreds of lockable barrels set up around the state.
Equally concerned is the economic fear that would be more painful if the country entered another shutdown to stop the virus. While the US economy grew at a record 33.1% annually during the July through September quarter, it has yet to fully recover from the spring plunge.
Trump’s message of prioritizing economic recovery over stopping a virus resonated with voters like Jason Schanta, business owner and father of 13-year-old twins from Fountain Valley, California. He said his business was doing well before the pandemic, prompting him to vote for president.
Schanta said of the economy: “I don’t trust Biden to open it up.
But there are signs that a viral resurgence has hindered economic reopening even in the absence of a government shutdown order, as a frightened public stay away from risky activities.
The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents the bulk of the travel industry, said its members are extending the suspension of U.S. seafaring operations until the end of the year, just days after. the US government removed the ban on seafaring. The tourism industry group estimates that stopping tours have claimed more than $ 25 billion in economic activity and 164,000 American jobs.
Olson reports from New York. Associated Press writers Amy Taxin of Orange County, California; Eric Olson of Des Moines, Iowa; Josh Funk of Omaha, Nebraska, and AP writers across the country have contributed.