Governors of seven Midwestern states, Democrats and Republicans alike, have joined forces to call on the people of this rural region to wear masks and obey health restrictions. Several states in the Midwest are indeed among the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
In the American Midwest, a rural and agricultural region, the second wave of Covid-19 worries the governors of many states. So much so that seven of them have decided to join forces, whether or not they belong to the same political camp, to appeal to the population for vigilance, through a prevention video relayed by The Hill.
The governors of Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Kentucky – five Democrats and two Republicans – are asking area families to “Protect those they love” respecting the sanitary rules, particularly “With the approach of the end of year celebrations of the winter cold period”:
Right now, the number of cases and hospitalizations is skyrocketing in the Midwest, but also across the country. And the colder temperatures, which make us stay more indoors, will make it worse. ”
They point out that despite “The excellent news” concerning vaccines – Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna evaluate the efficacy rate of the vaccines they develop at 90% and 94.5% respectively -, “We must not let our guard down” by abandoning the precautionary measures linked to the pandemic. As the American Thanksgiving Day approaches, which will take place on November 26, “Public health experts and state authorities urge Americans to change their usual plans for this celebration“, remember The Hill.
Four of the seven states that initiated this call – Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan – are among the hardest hit by Covid-19 in the country. In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer had particularly struggled to enforce sanitary regulations during the first wave, and was even the target of an attempted kidnapping by an armed militia, foiled by the FBI. Armed protesters also broke into Michigan’s Parliament in Lansing, and the state was among those in which health restrictions were most contested.