U.S. governors have imposed state and regional mask mandates that have been in effect for months in 32 states and Puerto Rico where coronavirus infections have reached record-high numbers and were still rising as of the end of Wednesday during the ongoing fall surge, according to a Breitbart News analysis.
Still, mask-mandate supporters argue that the infection records would be higher still if not for widespread mask use.
Democrat candidate Joe Biden and his supporter Dr. Anthony Fauci have indicated they are open to mask mandates to stem the novel coronavirus’s spread. Biden hopes Fauci will serve in his administration.
Except for Hawaii, all 50 states are seeing a significant rise in cases and an increase in hospitalizations to a lesser extent despite having some sort of mask mandate.
Governors in 36 states have enacted statewide face-covering orders. Meanwhile, local officials have implemented mask mandates in several jurisdictions in the remaining 14 states.
Utah, North Dakota, and Iowa