As pandemic worsens, top U.S. coronavirus official issues Thanksgiving appeal

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By Brendan O’Brien, Maria Caspani6 Min Read(Reuters) – Wisconsin’s governor issued an emergency health order on Friday requiring face masks indoors except at home, a move aimed at slowing a surge in coronavirus infections that is pushing hospitals to the limits of their capacity.FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker beckons incoming cars at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site inside the Alliant Energy Center complex, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Bing GuanThe face-covering mandate marked the latest in a flurry of new restrictions by state and local officials nationwide to tamp down COVID-19 cases soaring with the onset of winter.Public health experts say greater social mixing and indoor gatherings as the weather turns colder ahead of the holiday season is fueling the escalating contagion, threatening to inundate already strained healthcare systems.“Wisconsin hospitals are overwhelmed and facing staffing shortages,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, said in a press release. His state is one of several in the Upper Midwest registering some of the highest rates of positive results from COVID-19 tests.The order, which remains in effect for 60 days, requires everyone to wear masks indoors whenever non-household …

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