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Tensions rise as virus cases surge in Wisconsin, Dakotas

 

October 9, 2020

Tim Gruber - New York Times

Cars lined up inside the Bismarck Event Center for a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Bismarck, N.D., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A surge of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin and the Dakotas is forcing a scramble for hospital beds and raising political tensions, as the Upper Midwest and Plains emerge as one of the nation's most troubling hot spots.

The three states now lead all others in new cases per capita, after months in which many politicians and residents rejected mask requirements while downplaying the risks of the disease that has now killed over 210,000 Americans.

"It's an emotional roller coaster," said Melissa Resch, a nurse at Wisconsin's Aspirus Wausau Hospital, which is working to add beds and reassign staff to keep up with a rising caseload of virus patients, many gravely ill.

https://www.startribune.com/tensions-rise-as-virus-cases-surge-in-wisconsin-dakotas/572677132/

 

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