Coronavirus updates: Arizona, South Dakota hold out against mask mandates; Colorado's largest school district returns to virtual learning
As governors across the U.S. continue to impose mask mandates — 36 states have done so, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — some are holding out, unconvinced that facial coverings are necessary.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was criticized Wednesday for not implementing a statewide policy during his first news briefing since Oct. 29, with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego decrying his "lack of leadership" on Twitter, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, also a Republican, defended the "personal decision" of people who choose not to wear a mask in public at her first news conference to address the pandemic in over three months.
周三，亚利桑那州州长道格·杜西(Doug Ducey)在10月29日以来的首次新闻发布会上因没有执行全州范围内的政策而受到批评。凤凰城市长凯特·加雷戈(Kate Grego)在推特上谴责他“缺乏领导力”。南达科他州州长克里斯蒂·诺姆(Kristi Noem)也是共和党人，她在三个多月来的第一次新闻发布会上为那些选择不戴口罩在公共场合应对埃博拉疫情的人的“个人决定”进行了辩护。
In Colorado, the state's largest school district announced Wednesday that it will temporarily halt in-person learning. Starting Nov. 30, students within the Denver public school system will return to virtual learning until the end of the semester. The news comes after New York City, the nation's largest school district, said it will shut down beginning Thursday.
Hours after Pfizer announced its COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective, Montana Sen. Steve Daines announced he has been part of Pfizer's trial and has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he won't issue mask mandate
As Arizona's COVID-19 trends spike, the state is giving hospitals $25 million to bolster staffing, but Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday that he won't impose a statewide mask mandate.
In his first news briefing since Oct. 29, Ducey, a Republican, said rising COVID-19 numbers in the state mean "getting back to normal is not in the cards right now." He also held a moment of silence, prayer and reflection for the 6,365 Arizonans known to have died from COVID-19, and their families.
But Ducey did not announce any new restrictions or requirements on Arizonans to stop the spread of COVID-19, despite increasing calls for a statewide mask mandate and other measures in recent days as COVID-19 cases in Arizona continue to climb.
Ducey suggested that a statewide mask mandate would not effectively curb the spread of the virus, and emphasized that about 90% of the state is under a local mask mandate. He also said it is nearly impossible to participate in the Arizona economy without wearing a mask.
Colorado's largest school district temporarily halts in-person learning
School officials on Wednesday announced that public schools in Denver, Colorado, are temporarily pausing in-person learning as coronavirus cases continue to spike. More than 90,000 students in the state's largest school district will return to virtual learning starting Nov. 30 through the end of the semester.
The district reported about 13 cases per week when it first opened early childhood education centers. Cases have now surpassed 300 per week. Superintendent Susana Cordova in a statement said the district plans to bring all elementary students back into classrooms in January.
Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan houses report an increase since pandemic start
Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan households are reporting an increase in rats and mice since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a survey by a pest management company. There are some reasons for this.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acknowledging the nation's pandemic-related rodent problem, points out restaurants have reduced service, which means fewer food scraps are ending up in the dumpsters on which rats and mice often feed.
And, according to Smith's Pest Management, a California-based service that commissioned the survey via Google Surveys, our houses are the perfect substitute. We're home more, which means we're producing more garbage. Nationwide, 1 in 3 households report a notable increase in garbage accumulation, the Smith's survey said. We're also cleaning less with 1 in 4 households across the nation reporting they're not cleaning as thoroughly as they did prior to the pandemic.
根据总部位于加利福尼亚州的史密斯害虫管理公司(Smith‘s Pest Management)通过谷歌调查委托进行的这项调查，我们的房子是完美的替代品。我们在家更多了，这意味着我们产生了更多的垃圾。史密斯的调查显示，在全国范围内，三分之一的家庭报告垃圾堆积量显著增加。我们也减少了清洁，全国四分之一的家庭报告说，他们没有像大流行之前那样彻底清洁。
Montana Sen. Steve Daines says he's been part of Pfizer vaccine trial
Montana Sen. Steve Daines said Wednesday he has been part of Pfizer’s trial for a COVID-19 vaccine trial, saying he wanted to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and others wondering if they should take the vaccine when it is approved.
Daines, R-Mont., said in a news conference that he received a call from his mother in August, saying Pfizer was looking for people to enroll in their COVID-19 vaccine trial in Bozeman.
"Thanks to that call, my sweet wife Cindy and I decided to go online and enroll in the trial – joining over 100 everyday Montanans participating. While this was a blind trial, I have since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies," he said in a news release.
Pfizer and its collaborator BioNTech on Wednesday announced their vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the spread of the respiratory illness.
Dr. Anthony Fauci urges Americans to 'think twice' about holiday travel plans
Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging Americans to "think twice" about traveling and having indoor gatherings for the holidays. During a meeting with USA TODAY's Editorial Board Wednesday, the nation's top infectious disease expert said seemingly "innocent" family and friend dinner gatherings at home are where many of the infections are now stemming from.
"Because of the almost intuitive instinct that when you're with people you know ... and no one appears to be physically ill that it's OK to congregate 10, 12 people for drinks or a meal or what have you, but it's indoors because the weather is cold, that's where we're seeing these types of outbreaks," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explained.
美国国家过敏症和传染病研究所所长解释说：“因为有一种近乎本能的直觉，当你和你认识的人在一起的时候……没有人看起来身体不舒服，可以聚集10到12个人一起喝酒或吃饭，但这是在室内，因为天气很冷，这就是我们看到这些类型的疫情爆发的地方，”美国国家过敏和传染病研究所(National Institute Of Allance And Infectic Disease)所长解释说。
"As we get into the colder weather, we should really think twice about these kind of dinner parties where you're not sure of whether the people that are in your bubble (are safe)," he said. "Then you're going to start seeing these unanticipated infections related to innocent home gatherings, particularly as we head into the holiday season."
Fauci's recommendation? He advises that each person and family unit "should make a risk-benefit assessment."
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