Nov. 6 (UPI) — Producer 3M mentioned it is growing manufacturing of N95 respirator masks as the US experiences a scarcity amid a surge of COVID-19 circumstances.

The Minnesota-based firm mentioned it put in two new manufacturing traces at its Aberdeen, S.D., manufacturing facility to deal with the rise in demand. 3M mentioned it is utilizing Protection Division grants so as to add 120,000 sq. ft of manufacturing house, in line with the Argus Chief.

N95 respirators are among the many handiest face masks, filtering out at the least 95% of small particles. They’re largely utilized by medical doctors, nurses and different medical professionals.

Hospitals, nursing houses and different well being amenities have skilled shortages of the respirators because the very starting of the pandemic in the US, and whereas manufacturing ramped up because the months went on, there’s nonetheless an inadequate provide.

“U.S. and world demand for [personal protective equipment] continues to far exceed provide for the complete trade,” 3M informed CBS.

The corporate mentioned that along with a 20-fold improve in demand from the medical neighborhood, it is receiving requests from new prospects that’ve by no means used them prior to now.

3M predicts it is going to have elevated its month-to-month manufacturing of N95 respirators in the US to 95 million by the top of 2020, up from 22 million in 2019. It expects to supply 2 billion globally by the top of the yr.

The corporate’s improve in manufacturing comes as the US stories a surge in each day coronavirus circumstances. On Thursday, there have been a report 121,054 new circumstances and 1,210 deaths, in line with Johns Hopkins College.

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, the US has confirmed 9.7 million circumstances and 235,000 deaths.

Particular person states are additionally experiencing record-high circumstances, together with Minnesota, which reported 5,454 new circumstances for Thursday, the primary time it has handed the 5,000 threshold. Thirty-six individuals died that day.

All informed, the state has had 170,307 circumstances and a couple of,591 deaths, in line with the Minnesota Division of Well being.

State Well being Commissioner Jan Malcolm on Friday blamed the surge in circumstances on casual social gatherings the place asymptomatic individuals unfold the virus.

“Our conduct is driving this … actually 1000’s and 1000’s of small selections occurring round Minnesota which are the problem right here,” she mentioned.

In Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker went into self isolation for the third time after he was notified he frolicked with somebody contaminated with the virus.

The state reported 10,376 new circumstances and 49 deaths for Thursday. All informed, Illinois has had 465,000 circumstances and 10,000 deaths.

Pritzker mentioned Friday he will not rule out the potential of issuing one other stay-at-home order to curb the unfold.

“Throughout the nation, we’re already seeing states and cities affected by this rising disaster, they usually’re responding by rolling again their reopenings. And over in Europe, France, England and Germany are rising so rapidly that they are resorting to way more important restrictions on all non-essential actions as they, too, face case numbers and hospitalizations rising in at a tragic price,” he mentioned.

“Do not forget that Europe fared significantly better than the US during the last 5 months, so once they impose these extreme mitigations, it is a sign that the virus is raging uncontrolled there, and we’re heading in the same path.”

A Texas courtroom on Friday dominated {that a} shutdown order issued in El Paso County can stay in place. A gaggle of 10 El Paso restaurant operators and the Texas lawyer basic challenged the order, asking a choose to declare it unlawful.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott additionally introduced that the U.S. Protection Division deployed three U.S. Air Pressure medical groups to El Paso to assist three hospitals of their struggle towards COVID-19.

Texas reported 7,221 new circumstances and 136 deaths Friday, with 942,000 confirmed circumstances and 18,500 deaths because the begin of the pandemic. There have been practically 60,000 circumstances in El Paso County and 683 deaths.

In Denver, a brand new order goes into impact Sunday shuttering all non-essential companies between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day.

“We’re on a harmful path,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock mentioned. “Many of the nation is seeing the virus come again with a vengeance with the chilly season.”