Recent spike in COVID-19 cases could be just the beginning as cooler weather moves in

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 10:34 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Cass County reported 160 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the highest daily number ever reported in the county. Cass also continues to lead the state in positive cases.

“It’s worrying that it’s still going up,” Joel Rios of Fargo said.

Rios is masking up, washing his hands, following all the precautions, but the spike in COVID cases close to home has him concerned.

“The cases are still rising when really we should be trying to help those who are A: infected and B: affected,” Rios said.

Area doctors say his concern is valid.

With our temperatures dropping this week, and more people being forced indoors, they say the risk will only continue to rise.

“A lot of it has to do with just people being closer together in the winter because they are inside,” Dr. Richard Vetter with Essentia Health said. “As humidity changes and the humidity goes down, so heaters are running during the winter, the viruses and respiratory viruses do transmit better in dry air.”

This week’s COVID numbers in Cass County have some blaming the long-feared “fall spike”, but Dr. Vetter says it’s too soon to tell.

In fact, researchers say the second wave of infections is yet to come, more likely happening when falls turns into winter.

The combination of easier spread in cold air and closer contact could spell trouble unless we do something about it.

“If people modify some of their activities as far as maybe better masking, better social isolation, and so on, that could make an impact,” Dr. Vetter said.

For now, Dr. Vetter says the best way to combat the virus is hunkering down and staying within your immediate circle.

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