(Reuters) – The number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States last week rose 24% to more than 485,000 while the number of tests performed rose 5.5%, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports.
Nationally, over 5,600 people died of the virus in the seven days ended Oct. 25, up 15% from the prior week. Deaths have risen for at least two weeks straight in 16 states, compared with nine states previously.
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Deaths more than doubled in seven states — Connecticut, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio and Wyoming — though they remained low compared to Texas, Florida and California, according to the Reuters analysis.
Thirty-six out of 50 states have seen cases increase for at least two weeks in a row, up from 34 the prior week. They include Florida, Ohio and Michigan — all hotly contested states for the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election. New cases doubled last week in Wisconsin, another crucial state.
The United States performed 7.7 million COVID-19 tests last week, of which 6.3% came back positive for the new virus, compared with 5.4% the prior week, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak.
South Dakota led the nation with the highest positive test rate at 40%, followed by Idaho at 34% and Wyoming at 29%. A total of 14 states had a positive test rate of over 10%.
The World Health Organization considers rates above 5% concerning because it suggests there are more cases in the community that have not yet been uncovered.
Since the outbreak started, over 225,000 people in the United States have died and over 8.6 million have become infected with the novel coronavirus.
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Fueled by a backlog of previously unreported tests, Los Angeles County on Monday was poised to surpass two unwelcomed milestones in its fight against the novel coronavirus: 300,000 cases and 7,000 deaths.
The magnitude of those figures, officials say, reinforce the importance of continued caution in the face of a pandemic that is surging to new heights in many parts of the country.
“As we move closer to the tragic milestone of 7,000 deaths in L.A. County and are seeing an increase in cases, please remember the choices we each make every day have a significant impact on whether we slow the spread of the virus,” county public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “The virus doesn’t take a break for parties or celebrations. The best way to honor our sports teams and each other is to always wear a face covering, keep our distance from those not in our household, avoid crowds and only gather with two other households when outside.”
L.A. County’s overall case count includes 830 additional infections that were confirmed Sunday.
While case numbers are typically lower on the weekends because some laboratories that process tests wait until Monday to submit results, the relatively low total Sunday represented a welcome reprieve from three consecutive days of high positive case counts, which officials said were fueled by a backlog stemming from technical data reporting issues.
Despite the increase in cases, the county’s daily positivity rate, the proportion of those tested who are found to be infected, remained steady at 3.4% or 3.5% over the past week, health officials said.
There has been an uptick recently in the local number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients — from 722 on Oct. 19 to 785 on Sunday — though that figure remains substantially below the peak seen during the summer’s coronavirus surge.
California as a whole surpassed 900,000 confirmed cases of the virus over the weekend. More than 17,300 people have died statewide, according to The Times’ coronavirus tracker.
While the state’s overall number of cases and deaths continues to be among the highest in the nation — not surprising, given it is by far the most populous state — California has, to this point, seemingly avoided the surge currently striking many other parts of the country.
The U.S. on Sunday reached a new high for the average number of new cases over a seven-day period with 68,954, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The unwelcomed tally surpassed a s previous peak of cases that came in July.
About half of states in the U.S. have seen their highest daily infection numbers at some point in October, and the country as a whole came very close to back-to-back record daily infection rates on Friday and Saturday.
As of Monday morning, there had been more
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Flu deaths are down two-thirds from the five-year average, a drop that could indicate the most vulnerable Americans died in the first wave of COVID-19.
New federal estimates show no flu deaths for the week ending Oct. 17. The federal five-year average for the same week is 17 fatalities. New York and New York City recorded no flu deaths, which is also that week’s five-year average for each.
The city is taking a wait-and-see attitude, with the flu season just a few weeks old.
“We are still very early into this influenza season and it’s too early to make any predictions on severity,” Health Department spokesman Michael Lanza told The Post.
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A similar pattern is emerging in the UK, where flu and pneumonia took 1,132 lives last month – 28% lower than the five-year monthly average of roughly 1,500.
The country’s Office for National Statistics thinks the drop is because medically vulnerable Brits who would have died this fall from flu and pneumonia instead died this spring from the coronavirus.
But private British statistician Kevin McConway told The Post he doubts “whether it’s the whole story.”
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McConway points out that flu and pneumonia are airborne infections like the coronavirus and the safety guidelines put in place for the pandemic — masks, social distancing and handwashing — would stop them, too.
Said state health department spokesman Jeffrey Hammond: “Wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, and all the other measures put in place to slow the Coronavirus should also slow the flu and other viruses.”
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US health officials have been urging Americans for months that a bad flu season on top of the COVID outbreak could overwhelm hospitals and increase the risk of catching both infections at the same time.
Pneumonia deaths in the U.S. and across the city and state are down as well. For the week ending Oct. 17, deaths nationwide stood at 1,251 – down 60% from the five-year average of 3,106 for the same week.
The state recorded 93 pneumonia deaths, a 36% decrease from the five-year average of 146 for the same week. The city’s total stood at 51, down the five-year average of 86 — a 41% reduction.
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South Korean commuters wear protective masks as they crowd after getting off the subway during rush hour on September 15, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.
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South Korea urged citizens to get vaccinated against influenza and reduce the chances of an outbreak that coincides with the battle on the coronavirus, as it kicked off free inoculations for the last eligible group.
Public anxiety over the safety of flu vaccines has surged after at least 48 people died this month following vaccinations, while, last month, about 5 million doses had to be disposed of after not being stored at recommended temperatures.
Authorities have said they found no direct link between the deaths and the flu shots and have sought to reassure South Koreans about the safety of the vaccines against flu, a disease that kills at least 3,000 each year.
“Vaccination offers far greater benefits compared to side effects, and both the WHO and domestic and overseas experts agree,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a briefing on Sunday, in a reference to the World Health Organization.
Last year, more than 1,500 elderly people died within seven days of receiving flu vaccines, but those deaths were not linked to the vaccinations, the government said.
As South Korea presses on with its inoculations, southeast Asia’s tiny city state of Singapore became one of the first nations this week to call a temporary halt to the use of two influenza vaccines, as a precaution.
Singapore has reported no deaths linked to flu vaccinations.
South Korea ordered 20% more flu vaccines this year to ward off the prospect of what it calls a “twindemic” of concurrent major flu and coronavirus outbreaks in winter.
At least 1,154 instances of adverse reactions have been reported from among more than 9.4 million people inoculated since the effort began in September.
Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 830 new coronavirus cases and four related deaths.
The lower number of deaths reflects weekend reporting delays, officials said; case numbers are also usually lower on the weekends because not all laboratories submit reports.
There have now been nearly 300,000 cases of the virus in L.A. County, and nearly 7,000 people have died. Statewide, California surpassed 900,000 confirmed cases of the virus Saturday, and more than 17,300 people have died.
Hospitalizations have ticked upward slightly in L.A., with the most recent three-day average reported by the county representing an increase of 8%, according to data from the Department of Public health. There were 785 confirmed coronavirus patients in county hospitals as of Friday, an increase of about 100 compared with earlier in the month but still far below the more than 2,200 patients reported at the peak of the crisis in mid-July.
The proportion of tests coming back positive also has increased from earlier in the month, with the seven-day average up from 3% to 3.4%. Experts say an increase in the positivity rate can indicate increased community transmission. In July, about 8% of tests were coming back positive.
When it comes to reopening business sectors, Los Angeles remains in the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s four-phase reopening plan, meaning that risk of transmission of the virus remains widespread and many businesses must remain closed for indoor services.
Although its positivity rate qualifies L.A. to move into a less restrictive reopening tier — as does the rate of positive tests in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, 5.9% — the county’s adjusted rate of cases per 100,000 residents remains too high at 7.6. In order for the county to move into the less restrictive red tier, it must report an adjusted daily average of no more than 7 cases per 100,000 residents.
The number of daily confirmed coronavirus infections in L.A. County swelled significantly last week, reaching 3,600 Thursday and topping 2,000 Friday and Saturday, but officials said the increase was the result of a sizable backlog in the reporting of test results because of technical glitches.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
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The White House chief of staff said Sunday the administration is “not going to control” the coronavirus pandemic as the daily total of U.S. cases surpassed 83,000 for the second day in a row, the two biggest one-day totals on record.
“What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments, to make sure that people don’t die from this,” Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
Meadows’ remarks were derided by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who assailed the White House for what he called “preemptive capitulation” to the virus.
Multiple aides to Vice President Mike Pence have being infected. Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, Pence’s spokesman said in a statement. CNN reported that at least two other staffers have tested positive in recent days, while The New York Times reported that at least three others have tested positive.
Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, tested negative Saturday, and Pence will maintain his schedule without restrictions, his office said.
The rise in new cases continues unabated, and Johns Hopkins University reported more than 900 additional deaths Saturday. Almost 42,000 new hospitalizations were reported Saturday, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That is the most in a day in more than two months.
Here’s what to know today:
- On Friday, the U.S. broke its record for daily infections when 83,757 new COVID-19 cases were recorded. Saturday’s total was also over 83,700, though 39 less than Friday. The previous high was set in July when the U.S. saw more than 77,300 new cases.
- President Donald Trump’s outdoor campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Saturday night drew a crowd of thousands — many without masks.
- The Navajo Nation has a higher per capita COVID-19 death rate than any U.S. state, with 11,101 infections and 574 confirmed deaths as of Thursday.
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CONCORD, NH — Three more establishments in New Hampshire are reporting possible COVID-19 community exposure after 129 more people tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.
The State Joint Information Center said a positive test result was at Paddy’s American Grille on 27 International Drive in Portsmouth between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 and was potentially infectious. The state has determined that there was potential community exposure in the bar area of the restaurant.
Another person has also tested positive for COVID-19 at La Vista Italian Cuisine at the River Walk Resort at Loon Mountain and may have been potentially infectious to patrons who were at the establishment during the afternoon or evening of Oct. 17, Oct. 18, Oct. 20, and Oct. 22.
Also, a player at the Concord Casino at The Draft in Concord, who was playing at a gaming table on Oct. 14, has also tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others.
“DHHS has conducted contact investigations on all cases associated with these potential community exposures and is notifying known close contacts directly,” the State Joint Information Center said. “However, DHHS is making this public notification because there may be additional individuals at the location during those days and times who were exposed to the coronavirus.”
These possible establishment community exposures follow five other exposures announced on Friday — at The Barley House and The Draft in Concord, the Daniel Street Tavern and The Goat Bar and Grill in Portsmouth, and the Bantam Grill in Peterborough.
Two more elderly men have died. One lived in Merrimack County while the other lived in Hillsborough County. Both were 80 years of age or older and lived in long-term care settings.
Another 129 new positive tests were also announced Saturday including 19 children and 76 were female. Most of the tests were polymerase chain reaction specimens. More than 8,500 specimens were collected Friday with previous test counts upgraded slightly and 248 tests pending for a 1.3 percent positivity rate.
Twenty-eight of the new patients live in Rockingham County, 24 live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 11 live in Merrimack, and five reside in Nashua.
According to the state, 10,238 people have contracted COVID-19 in New Hampshire while 8,819 have recovered from the virus, about 86 percent.
Nineteen individuals are hospitalized but only two of the new cases had no identified risk factors.
More than 329,000 people have been tested via 574,187 tests.
Around 4,350 people are under public health monitoring.
Stop The Spread Of COVID-19
The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.
Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:
Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.
Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.
When you can’t practice 6 feet of