As experts had feared, COVID-19 cases have surged nationwide as the holiday season approaches. Although recent news about vaccine development has been positive, the average American won’t be able to be vaccinated until well into 2021. That has state and national leaders debating about the best way to control the virus in the meantime. Last week, an advisor to President-Elect Joe Biden posited that a four-to-six-week national lockdown could get the pandemic under control. Biden has not voiced support for such a step. But the leaders of these states have said they would not support locking down at all. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
South Dakota is one of the few states that has not issued any lockdowns or mask restrictions. Gov. Kristi Noem has indicated that hands-off approach will continue: She said on Friday that she would not enforce a mask mandate or lockdown even if it were federally mandated. “If folks want to wear a mask, they are free to do so,” she tweeted. “Those who don’t want to wear a mask shouldn’t be shamed into it, and govt should not mandate it. We need to respect each other’s decisions. In SD, we know a little common courtesy can go a long way.” The state is reporting 154.5 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people on a weekly average. Forbes has listed the state as one of the 10 riskiest to visit right now.
Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed a number of restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus, including curfews, closing bars, and limiting gatherings to ten people or less. But lockdowns are a hard stop statewide. El Paso County attempted to enact a five-week lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus. The state fought it in court, and won, ending the lockdown this week.
Although Texas recorded more than 10,000 daily coronavirus cases over the weekend — the most since last summer’s surge — Gov. Ron DeSantis has pledged that there will be no statewide lockdown. “The Governor will not lockdown and hurt families who can’t afford to shelter in place for six weeks,” a spokesperson told CBS 12. At the same time, DeSantis made countywide face mask mandates unenforceable.
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On Nov. 12, in response to speculation that Biden might order a nationwide lockdown to stem coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves said the state would not participate if it were issued. “This notion that one of his advisers has said that all we really need is a six-week national lockdown and we can slow down the spread of this virus is totally and completely beyond reasonableness,” said Reeves. “The people of Mississippi can’t just go home and shut down their small businesses … for six weeks, and just think that you can come back six weeks from now, flip a switch and everything’s gonna be fine,” he said. “That’s not the way the economy works.”
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As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.