SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in South Dakota reached new heights for the fourth straight day on Wednesday.
The number of daily new cases also set a record, with 1,270 people testing positive for the virus. The virus has surged in the state and region, sending South Dakota to the nation’s second-worst ranking in new cases per capita over the last two weeks. Johns Hopkins researchers report that one out of roughly every 77 people in the state has tested positive in the last two weeks.Read More
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — The City of Manhattan Beach reported today [Wednesday, Oct. 28] that the number of positive tests for COVID-19 went from 7 during the week of October 12-18 to 23 for the week of October 19-25.
The city notes that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health “has issued a Health Advisory for private gatherings and public celebrations, advising Los Angeles County residents that the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission at gatherings/celebrations is high based on the increasing rate of COVID-19 community transmission in Los Angeles County. Since early October, the County’s average number of daily cases has increased from around 940 per day to almost 1,200 per day.”
County and State health officials are advising individuals to take precautions during gatherings. Private gatherings of people who are not part of a single household or living unit must comply with the following requirements:
Attendance: Private gatherings that include more than three households are prohibited. The fewer the people, the lower the risk.
Outdoors only: All private gatherings must be held outside. Gatherings are permitted in a public park or other outdoor space.
Keep it short: Private gatherings should be limited to two hours or less in duration. Longer periods increase the risk of transmission.
Physical distancing and hand hygiene: All attendees must follow the social distancing protocol requirement. There should be a place to wash hands or hand sanitizer available for participants.
Singing, chanting, and shouting: Because singing, chanting and shouting increases the release of respiratory droplets into the air, these activities are strongly discouraged. However, if singing, chanting, and shouting does occur, to reduce respiratory droplets spread, all attendees must social distance and wear a face cover.
In its notice, the City of MB reminded residents of the following requirement: “Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a private gathering must notify DPH [Los Angeles County Department of Public Health] and should notify the other attendees as soon as possible.”
As of October 26, the City of Manhattan Beach, along with the entire Los Angeles County, remains in Tier One, with “widespread” risk and the most restrictions. “According to the city, “It is the community’s shared responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19. By adhering to social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing, and avoiding crowds, confined spaces and close contact, we can collectively prevent future surges in coronavirus cases.
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White House lists ending Covid-19 pandemic as an accomplishment despite cases spiking to record levels
The White House included ending the coronavirus pandemic on a list of the Trump administration’s science and technology accomplishments, despite nearly half a million Americans tested positive for Covid-19 in just the last week.
A White House Office of Science and Technology Policy news release made the claim in announcing a document highlighting the administration’s science and technology achievements over the past four years.
“Highlights include: ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC,” the news release sent to reporters read. “From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”
When asked for comment on including ending the pandemic among the administration’s first term accomplishments, office spokeswoman Kristina Baum pointed to the full report.
“The great work the Trump administration is doing to end the pandemic is a top priority and worthy of highlighting,” she said in an email.
But on Wednesday, White House communications director Alyssa Farah said the release was “poorly worded.”
“The intent was to say that it is our goal to end the virus. But what I would say is this: because of the President’s leadership, we are rounding the corner on the virus,” she added.
The news release comes as the country reports the largest number of daily cases seen to date. The seven-day average of daily new cases reached an all-time high of 68,767 on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The previous record of 67,293 was set July 22.
The abysmal week was marked by the two worst days of daily new cases reported since the pandemic began. More than 83,000 new cases were reported both Friday and Saturday, and the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has soared 23% in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins data on Monday. The seven-day average of new tests performed, meanwhile, has risen only 2.87% over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
The President has repeatedly, falsely, blamed the increase in cases on an increase in testing.
New cases are also being seen within the administration itself. At least five aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including his bodyman and his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for coronavirus in recent days, sources told CNN.
The internal report that the news release was describing did not say that the Covid-19 pandemic is over. It merely touted the administration’s various actions to fight it.
“Since the start of the pandemic, the Administration has taken several actions to engage scientists in academia, industry, and government to understand and defeat this
WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. Department of Health confirmed 67 new positive cases of COVID-19, the illness associated with the new coronavirus, on Monday. That’s down from the 94 cases reported on Tuesday. This brings the District’s total number of positive cases to date to 16,973.
D.C. Health also reported no new deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. The total number of deaths in the District stands at 644.
According to D.C. Health, 505,407 coronavirus tests have been administered in the District, 252,520 residents have been tested, and 13,276 have been cleared from isolation.
The District currently has 53 intensive care unit beds available out of 345 total intensive care unit beds. There are currently 199 in-use ventilators out of a total of 440 available. Also, there are 25 COVID-19-positive ICU patients.
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Globally, more than 44 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and over 1.1 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Wednesday morning. In the United States, more than 8.7 million people have been infected and over 226,000 people have died from COVID-19.
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District residents should take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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More than half the states recently broke records in daily Covid-19 cases. Now hospitals brace for an onslaught
The fall Covid-19 surge keeps growing, with 29 states setting new records this month for the most new daily cases since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
And it’s not just due to more testing. The average number of daily new cases this past week is up 21% compared to the previous week, according to JHU. But testing has increased only 6.63% over the same time frame, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
“We’re rising quickly. If we just go back about six, seven weeks ago to Labor Day, we were at about 35,000 cases a day,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University School of Public Health.”
At least 73,240 new US cases and 985 deaths were reported Tuesday, according to JHU.
“I would not be surprised if we end up getting to 100,000” new cases a day, Jha said.
The surge is hitting all regions of the country. As of Wednesday, 40 states were trending in the wrong direction, with at least 10% more new cases this past week compared to the previous week, according to JHU.
Missouri is the only state with at least 10% fewer cases, and the remaining eight states are relatively steady.
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And with more cases come more hospitalizations and deaths.
Without changes, ‘half a million people will be dead’
This month, 11 states reported their highest single day of new deaths since the pandemic began.
And because a vaccine probably won’t be available to most Americans until the middle of next year, personal responsibility will be key to saving American lives.
“If we continue our current behavior, by the time we start to go down the other side of the curve, a half a million people will be dead,” said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University.
Under the current conditions, the daily US death toll is projected to reach 2,000 by January 1, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
In the past nine months, more than 8.7 million people in the US have been infected with coronavirus, and more than 226,000 have died.
Imminent threats to hospital capacity
Even after setting up a field hospital at the state fairgrounds, Wisconsin is facing a dire predicament with hospital capacity.
“There is no way to sugarcoat it. We are facing an urgent crisis, and there is an imminent risk to you and your family,” Gov. Tony Evers said.
- Three dozen states reported that the average number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 rose by at least 5% over the past week.
- “We are at another critical point in the pandemic response,” said Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health who leads the government’s testing effort.
- Giroir went on to emphasize that “we can control the virus” by following public health measures like social distancing, mask wearing, avoiding crowded gatherings and the frequent washing of hands.
The United States is reporting another record-high average number of new cases of the coronavirus as a top health official warned Wednesday that the country is at a “critical point.”
The U.S. reported 73,240 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the seven-day average of new cases up to about 71,832, a fresh record and an increase of more than 20% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Three dozen states reported that the average number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 rose by at least 5% over the past week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project, which tracks testing, hospitalization and other data on the outbreak. Cases are up by at least that amount in 45 states, according to Johns Hopkins data.
“As the nation did after Memorial Day, we are at another critical point in the pandemic response,” Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health who leads the government’s testing effort, said Wednesday on NBC’s “TODAY” show. “Cases are going up in most states across the country. Hospitalizations are up, although we’re still tens of thousands of hospitalizations below where we were in July, but that is rising. And we are starting to see the increase in deaths.”
Giroir acknowledged that increased testing alone cannot explain the surge in cases, even as President Donald Trump attributes the surge to testing and continues to downplay the outbreak.
Giroir went on to emphasize that “we can control the virus” by following public health measures like social distancing, mask wearing, avoiding crowded gatherings and with the frequent washing of hands.
The surge in cases and hospitalizations is beginning to overwhelm some hospitals in parts of the country. The Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that the Utah Hospital Association is asking the governor to allow its members to ration care. And in Texas, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego issued a curfew on Sunday to protect “overwhelmed and exhausted” hospitals and workers.
Public health specialists and epidemiologists have warned for months that the virus would likely surge as the weather turned colder in the fall and winter. That’s largely because people are more likely to stay indoors in colder weather and because some epidemiologists believe the virus can spread more easily through colder, drier air.
Oct. 28 (UPI) — The United States’ top infectious diseases expert says the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t even close to being finished, as another 73,000 cases were added nationwide — bringing the tally for the past week well over a half-million.
There were about 73,200 new cases on Tuesday, according to updated data from Johns Hopkins University. Over the past seven days, there have been about 503,000 new cases.
There were nearly 1,000 coronavirus deaths Tuesday, the most in a week, the data showed.
“Unfortunately, we’re right now in the middle of what’s going to be referred to … as the mother of all outbreaks over the last hundred years,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a discussion at the Yale Institute for Global Health.
“And we’re not even close to being finished with it yet.”
For weeks, Fauci and other top health experts have warned of rising cases in the coming months as the pandemic enters a period of colder weather, when more people gather indoors, and flu season.
Fauci said he’d hoped the United States would use the summer to get a better grip on the health crisis before the winter months, but said “we are not well positioned” to handle the outbreak over the next few months.
“We need to continue with masks, safe distancing, and the other public health measures that we are adhering to now for at least a year,” he added.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 8.78 million infections and about 226,800 deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins. Worldwide, there have been 44 million cases and almost 1.2 million deaths.
Tuesday, President Donald Trump listed “ending the pandemic” as one of the accomplishments of his first term.
“From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease,” the White House said in a statement.
Trump has repeatedly clashed with scientists, including Fauci, and dismissed their proposals and advice for controlling the crisis. Trump has also consistently ignored safety guidelines like distancing and wearing masks at a number of gatherings at the White House and on the campaign trail.
Fauci has previously said mixed messages coming from the Trump administration about the pandemic has been a major obstacle in defeating the coronavirus.
“I am very disturbed by the intensity of divisiveness we are seeing,” Fauci told the Yale Institute for Global Health. “I have received serious threats to my life, there are federal agents guarding my office.”
In Wisconsin, health officials reported a record Tuesday for deaths in a single day. The state’s positivity rate has risen to about 26%. They also say hospitals are becoming overwhelmed and facing staff shortages.
“There is no way to sugarcoat it, we are facing an urgent crisis and there is an imminent risk to you and your family
In fact, the U.S. tallied a single-day record of more than 83,000 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, a new high-water mark as coronavirus has roared back across the country. Public health experts have warned that the fall and winter months will be an especially bleak period for Americans, as the coronavirus converges with the annual flu season.
But at a campaign rally in Michigan on Tuesday, Trump argued that the reason the U.S. has “so many cases” is “because we test more,” adding that “in many ways, I hate” testing.
“We test everybody, and because of that — now, if I tested half, if I said, ‘We are going to cut our testing down in half,’ they’d go crazy because the cases would go down in approximately half, right?” Trump told supporters.
Trump’s remarks come as he has sought to promote misleadingly positive assessments of the pandemic in the final days of the presidential race, returning to his false assertions that the U.S. is “rounding the turn” in its fight against the coronavirus.
Reports emerged over the weekend of another White House coronavirus outbreak among Vice President Mike Pence’s staff, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Sunday seemingly acknowledged that the administration had given up on its efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. “We’re not going to control the pandemic,” Meadows said.
Giroir disputed that message on Wednesday, saying that although the U.S. was at a “critical point” in its pandemic response, “we can control the virus” through mitigation measures including mask-wearing, hand-washing and avoiding crowded indoor spaces.
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WASHINGTON – The White House’s science policy office on Tuesday listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” among the Trump administration’s first-term accomplishments, as the United States breaks records for new coronavirus cases daily.
A press release from the Office of Science and Technology Policy lists the “decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease” as a success.
However, the disease has not been defeated, and the White House has signaled they are not going to be able to control it before a vaccine is available.
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The U.S. reported 489,769 COVID-19 cases in just the last week, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. It’s another record high since July when the nation saw a peak in cases.
The death rate has also edged back up to about 800 Americans per day, a level not seen in more than a month, and the seven-day average of daily new cases is nearly 70,000. According to the Covid Tracking Project, nearly 43,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said Sunday that the Trump administration is “not going to control the pandemic” before a vaccine is available because COVID-19 “is a contagious virus.”
More: ‘We’re not going to control the pandemic,’ Meadows says
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Leading health officials, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, have maintained that a vaccine likely won’t be widely available until mid-2021.
Health officials have stressed preventative measures, such as face coverings and social distancing, as a way to control the spread. The Trump White House and campaign have flouted some of these measures by defying state orders and federal health guidelines. Trump rallies, for example, have left a trail of coronavirus outbreaks.
More: Trump’s campaign made stops nationwide. Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places.
Trump has consistently downplayed the severity of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, saying it’s “going to disappear” approximately 40 times, according to CNN, even as health officials are sounding the alarms as winter approaches.
Hospitals across the country have been straining with a flood of new cases, with some state’s considering rationing health care. Medical care sites are being created, and some daily curfews have also been implemented.
El Paso issues daily curfew as COVID-19 patients flood hospitals: ‘We are in a crisis stage’
As of Tuesday, the U.S. has recorded more than 8.7 million cases and around 226,000 deaths, more than any other country.
Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, Jessica Flores, Mike Stucka, David Jackson, Matthew Brown, Christal Hayes, Adrienne Dunn; USA TODAY
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The fall surge has ushered in daunting rates of Covid-19 spread, with 29 states reporting at least one record high day of new cases since October began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The record spread has brought the national total to more than 8.7 million infections and 226,723 deaths. And with this spike holding the potential to be the worst yet, experts warn that the impact of the virus will likely get worse.
“We’re rising quickly. If we just go back about six, seven weeks ago to Labor Day, we were at about 35,000 cases a day,” Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University School of Public Health, said Tuesday. “We’re above 70,000 and just heading up. I would not be surprised if we end up getting to 100,000.” The United States added 73,240 new cases Tuesday, and a record peak of more than 83,000 cases was reported on Friday.
The rise in cases has been followed closely behind by an increase in coronavirus deaths.
This month, 11 states reported their highest single day of new deaths since the pandemic began. And though researchers are racing toward a vaccine, health experts have cautioned that the public needs to take the virus seriously in the meantime.
“If we continue our current behavior, by the time we start to go down the other side of the curve, a half a million people will be dead,” CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said Tuesday.
Under the current conditions, more than 2,000 people are predicted to die of the virus daily by January 1, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
Imminent threats to hospital capacity
Forty states are reporting an increase of daily average cases by more than 10% compared to last week, and many are feeling the impact in their hospitalization rates.
Even with a hospital facility opened on fair grounds in Wisconsin, rising cases are threatening the capacity of health care facilities in the state, Gov. Tony Evers said.
“There is no way to sugarcoat it, we are facing an urgent crisis and there is an imminent risk to you and your family,” Gov. Tony Evers said.
Ohio, one of the states to report a record of daily cases this month, is also seeing a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations — one that “is noticeably sharper, steeper than the increase we saw during the summer peak,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.
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