Midwestern Towns Shrug Off COVID-19, While Hospitals Overflow, 184K New Cases in One Day, Death Toll Soars

Many Midwestern towns are ignoring COVID-19, even as the deadly pandemic surges across the nation (SEE BELOW), notes The Associated Press:

It’s not that people in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and elsewhere don’t realize their states are leading the nation in new cases per capita. It’s that many of them aren’t especially concerned.

Jenna Lovaas, public health director of Jones County, Iowa, said even now that her rural county has the state’s highest virus rate, people have opted not to make any changes, such as protecting themselves and others by wearing masks.

“They don’t think it’s real,” she said. “They don’t think it’s going to be that bad or they just don’t want to wear a mask because we’ve made it a whole political thing at this point.”

There are now 184,000 new cases per day, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

More than 1,400 people died from the virus on Nov. 13, the most deaths of any country on that day, per the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

The COVID-19 Tracking Project notes that more than 68,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Nov. 13.

Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told The New York Times: “The months ahead are looking quite horrifying.”

(Sources: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, The New York Times, COVID-19 Tracking Project, The Associated Press)

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