Nov. 5 (UPI) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued an government order Thursday increasing necessities for folks sporting masks in public, as 16 states reported new information for COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Mills introduced the brand new order, which strengthens the state’s masks mandate by requiring folks to put on face coverings in public “whatever the means to keep up bodily distance,” because the state recorded 183 new COVID-19 circumstances, its highest single-day enhance for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

“We’ve got recorded one more day of document excessive case numbers. This lethal and harmful virus is spreading all throughout our state.” Mills stated. “Defend your loved ones. Defend a well being care employee. Defend the aged. Put on your face overlaying. Save lives. It’s that straightforward.”

Maine’s document excessive comes as circumstances have surged all through america with greater than 100,000 circumstances reported nationwide Wednesday, a single-day document for the nation.

Total america has reported 9,544,315 COVID-19 circumstances and 234,300 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic, in keeping with information gathered by Johns Hopkins College.

Moreover, 16 states reported all-time highs in COVID-19 hospitalizations together with Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

“Our variety of hospitalized folks goes up each day. These are a whole lot of Kentuckians who’re combating for his or her lives,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stated Wednesday, in keeping with CNN. “There’s a whole lot of ache on the market and it is hitting everyone.”

Dr. George Monks, head of the Oklahoma State Medical Affiliation referred to as for a masks mandate within the state because the state reached 1,026 hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers.

“We have to do one thing totally different. The pathway we’re on is unsustainable,” Monks stated.