As Shutdown Looms, Questions Arise As To Why Covid Numbers Are Spiking Now

As Shutdown Looms, Questions Arise As To Why Covid Numbers Are Spiking Now

November 18, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Dawson Peterson (11/18/20)

Fosston, MN — Early in the coronavirus pandemic it was clear that the larger cities and coastal regions of the United States were quickly becoming virus hot spots. Leaving the mid-west region wondering, when will covid-19 affect us? As of late numbers have gone down slightly on the coastal regions stripping areas of their hot spot title. For states like Minnesota and other mid-west states, it’s a different story. As of November 18th, nearly 3,000 people have died of covid-19 in Minnesota. This spike in deaths and confirmed cases has left Governor Tim Walz with some tough decisions to make to once again try and slow the spread of the virus. But why is the spike happening now? Well, Chief Medical Officer of Essentia Health-West, Richard Vetter, offers some insight and says you can credit the spike in covid cases to the cold Minnesota weather.

Vetter says that covid-19 is much more infectious than the common cold proving that gathering with large groups of people isn’t a good idea.

Testing is going to prove to be extremely important now and in the months ahead, as it looks like numbers will continue to rise. Vetter wants to point out that there are numerous ways to get tested and explains that tests only give you a current data point in time.

It is extremely important for Minnesotans and everyone else in the United States to listen to your local health officials, follow orders given out by officials and continue to social distance and get tested if you have symptoms or you believe you have been exposed.