Some GOP governors shift on mask mandates as hospitals fill

Iowa City, Ia (AP) — Some Republican governors are changing course on their coronavirus pandemic response as coronavirus cases skyrocket nationwide in the days after the election. Chief executives in Iowa, Utah and North Dakota are among those who have issued mask mandates and other restrictions in recent days. GOP governors in Ohio and West Virginia have also recently strengthened existing mask mandates, while Mississippi’s governor expanded the state’s partial mandate to cover more counties.