Stars and Stripes stripes.com 25 Dec, 2020 23:45 am

Experience convinced Midwest of virus dangers, analysts say

Experience convinced Midwest of virus dangers, analysts say
As the pandemic crept into communities across the Midwest, more people had loved ones, friends or acquaintances fall ill or die.

Experience convinced Midwest of virus dangers, analysts say North Dakota National Guard soldiers Spc.States in the northern stretches of the Midwest and Great Plains saw the nation's worst rates of coronavirus infections in the weeks before Thanksgiving, stretching hospitals beyond capacity and leading to states such as North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin reporting some of the nation's highest deaths per capita during November.But over the last two weeks, those states have seen their average daily cases drop, with decreases ranging from 20% in Iowa to as much as 66% in North Dakota, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.In neighboring South Dakota, Republican Gov.

" Roughly one of out every 278 people across northern states spanning from Wisconsin to Montana required hospital care for COVID-19, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.Many health experts warned that the region was ripe for widespread infections, especially as the weather cooled and people gathered inside, making it easier for the coronavirus to spread.

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