RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s top public health official warns that the state’s coronavirus numbers are going in the wrong direction as the Democratic governor is considering whether to tighten restrictions or reopen the economy further.
The governor’s decision, which is expected to be announced next week, comes at a time when the state has struggled to get people with COVID-19 to cut back on transmission by answering questions about who they came into contact with.
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President Donald Trump held an election rally in Greenville earlier in the day in which, despite the fact that cases have continued to rise nationwide in recent weeks, Trump said the virus “is running out.”
On Thursday, North Carolina recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day, with 2,532 people testing positive for the virus. Hospitalizations earlier this week hit their highest levels in the past two months, and the percentage of cases that came back positive slowly increased but remained relatively stable between 5% and 7%.
“We are reporting our highest day of cases since this pandemic began,” Cohen said. “I don’t seem to be satisfied.”
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
– Doctor Fauci criticizes “herd immunity”; suggests people rethink their Thanksgiving trip
– France sets a curfew at 9pm on Friday; health workers march in Paris
– Other Swiss guards, who assist the Pope, test positive in the Vatican
– Coronavirus cases around the world rise to all-time highs of over 330,000 per day, with peaks across Europe and outbreaks in the United States
– Kamala Harris suspends events in person until Monday after two people associated with the US Vice Presidential candidate’s campaign tested positive for coronavirus.
– Queen Elizabeth II performs his first public engagement outside a royal residence since early March.
– Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS:
EL PASO, Texas – Tighter virus restrictions are coming for the El Paso area in an effort to reduce the “unprecedented number” of recently reported COVID-19 cases, local officials said Thursday, making it the first major county. Texas to downsize since then Governor Greg Abbott relaxed the rules in September.
Visitors to facilities that care for the elderly will not be admitted and businesses not considered essential must reduce to 50% of their capacity from 75%, said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. Restaurants will be limited to take-out and drive-thru after 9:00 PM, and gatherings at the house are also temporarily prohibited.
The bars, which were not allowed to reopen, will remain closed.
The number of new daily COVID-19 cases recorded in El Paso rose to a record 717 on Thursday. The 6,887 active infections in the area make up more than 20% of the total cases observed in El Paso since the start of the pandemic. El Paso hospitalization is now 28%, the highest so far.
“This unprecedented number of new cases left us with no choice but to implement restrictions to slow the spread of the virus,” Margo said in a tweet.
HELENA, Mont. – The growing number of COVID-19 cases in Montana is extending the state’s health system, a hospital’s chief medical officer said Thursday, urging residents to take the virus seriously.
“I’ll put it very simply,” said Dr Bridget Brennan with Benefis Health System in Great Falls. “We are experiencing a public health crisis. The number of positive COVID cases is increasing so rapidly that it threatens to overwhelm health resources here in the state. “
In recent weeks, the state has seen a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 positive patients, and hospitals are reaching or exceeding the capacity of their intensive care units, Brennan said.
“At Benefis Health System we began to see an increase not only in the number of hospitalized patients from Great Falls and our usual region, but we were also seeing an increase in the number of patients transferred to us from other parts of the state where units ICUs were full, ”Brennan said.
Medical directors of the state’s largest hospitals are now hosting daily conference calls to share information and work to use their resources more efficiently, he said.
Montana reported a record of 735 recently confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to nearly 21,000 in the past seven months. More than 300 people are hospitalized and 230 have died.
HARTFORD, Connecticut – Connecticut prison officials were monitoring a coronavirus outbreak at a Hartford prison on Thursday, where 56 inmates recently tested positive after two staff members contracted the virus.
All 56 inmates, who showed no symptoms and are now separated from the general population, were held in the units where the two employees worked, prison officials said.
“The facility is under lockdown due to deep cleaning,” Department of Correction spokeswoman Karen Martucci said in a statement.
The two employees reported testing positive for the virus recently, which prompted them to trace routine contacts that identified the 56 inmates who tested positive, Martucci said.
Connecticut has seen an increase in virus cases in communities across the state in recent weeks. But on Thursday, the statewide positive test rate dropped to 1.3 percent, from 2 percent on Wednesday and from 2.4 percent on Tuesday. More than 62,000 people in the state have contracted the virus and more than 4,500 have died since the start of the pandemic. Over 190 people have been hospitalized, the highest number in several months.
In statewide prisons as of Thursday, there were 80 inmates who had the coronavirus, including eight who had symptoms. Twenty-nine employees are currently recovering from the virus. More than 1,600 inmates have tested positive since the start of the pandemic and seven have died.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio state senators moved on Thursday to raise 10pm. curfew on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants, with the aim of reviving a sector ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic even as the daily reported cases of COVID-19 have set a new record.
A bill to lift the July 31 curfew was introduced in the Republican-controlled Ohio Senate with strong bipartisan support. It is supported by the President of the Senate Larry Obhof and his No. 2, Senator Bob Peterson, and co-sponsored by 22 of the 33 senators.
The move came on the same day that Republican Governor Mike DeWine said the state set a new record for reported virus cases in a single day, 2,178 up from the previous record of 2,172 set on April 16.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota broke the record for coronavirus hospitalizations and new cases on Wednesday, and the state has already had more deaths from the disease in less than mid-October than any other month.
Despite the grim prognosis – South Dakota had the nation’s highest positive test rate in the past 14 days, according to the COVID Tracking Project – Republican Governor Kristi Noem resisted pressure to step up the state’s response to the disease, explaining Tuesday. that an increase in case numbers was “expected” because the state was conducting more tests.
Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said he thinks the state is doing a good job conducting enough tests to detect outbreaks.
However, the COVID monitoring project says South Dakota’s 14-day median positivity rate of nearly 24 percent is more than four times the national average of 5.1 percent.
State epidemiologist Josh Clayton said increased testing led to the identification of more positive cases. But he also recognized that infections are spreading to communities across the state.
State hospitals are suffering, with some seeking reinforcements. About 34 percent of general care beds and 39 percent of intensive care units across the state remain available, according to the Department of Health.
CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay – Brazil and Paraguay reopened their borders on Thursday after more than six months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations said in a statement that international traffic on the Friendship Bridge between Foz do Iguacu in Brazil and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay is the first step in a phased plan to lift the restrictions.
Foz do Iguacu saw the loss of approximately 5,700 jobs due to the closure of the border due to the pandemic, while 18,000 positions were laid off or suffered reductions in salary or hours, according to the trade and business association of the city.
“Thank God they reopened the bridge,” said Maicon Santana, a Brazilian tourist in Ciudad del Este. “Each country depends on the other and we hope they will never close again.”
DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa set Thursday’s record for people being treated in hospitals for coronavirus, but Republican Governor Kim Reynolds said the health system is doing well and there is no need for new action to slow down the spread of the virus.
The number of people hospitalized has jumped to 482 as the state reported 1,410 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours. There have been another 13 deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,505 since the start of the pandemic.
Despite the growing number of hospitalizations and the consistently high number of cases, Reynolds said hospitals have not sought further help and has no plans to re-impose restrictions it has eased in recent months.
Reynolds answered reporters’ questions the day after attending an outdoor rally for President Donald Trump at Des Moines airport. Thousands of supporters gathered tightly together for several hours, and as masks were given to attendees, many didn’t seem to be wearing them.
The governor said he wore a mask most of the time but sometimes took it off.
Asked why he would be promoting and attending an event that appeared to violate his health emergency proclamation against large gatherings, Reynolds said his orders were never intended to prevent people from exercising their First Amendment rights to get together. peacefully.
MADISON, Wis. – On Thursday for the second time this week, Wisconsin hit a new daily high of confirmed coronavirus cases, a wave the state health chief called a crisis.
3,747 recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported, beating the record of 3,279 set on Tuesday. To date, the state has had more than 162,000 confirmed cases and 1,553 deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic. Admissions were at a daily high of 1,017 Wednesday, the same day the state opened a field hospital outside Milwaukee to handle overflow patients.
Department of Health Secretary Andrea Palm said the field hospital hasn’t admitted anyone as of Thursday.
The Wisconsin surge began in early September, when the seven-day average of new cases was about 700. Palm said two weeks later that it had doubled and is now 2,927.
Wisconsin’s death toll is the 29th highest in the nation and 42nd highest per capita. Over the past two weeks, the ongoing average number of new cases per day has increased by nearly 22%. There have been nearly 625 new cases for every 100,000 people in Wisconsin in the past two weeks, the fourth highest of any state.
ATLANTA – Election officials said nearly a quarter of workers in a warehouse where election supplies are stored and voting equipment prepared for Georgia’s most populous county tested positive for the coronavirus.
But Fulton County election director Rick Barron said Thursday positive COVID-19 tests for 13 of the 60 workers at the county’s election preparation center shouldn’t delay election operations.
Barron said the county is working to hire replacement staff and implement additional mitigation measures, including daily rapid tests.
The state Department of Public Health said Georgia had 1,686 cases and 23 deaths reported Thursday.
JACKSON, Mississippi – Mississippi reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday for the first time since mid-August, after Governor Tate Reeves instituted a statewide masking mandate.
The day of the high number of cases comes just two weeks after the Republican governor repealed the same mask mandate across the state, citing the declining number of cases of the virus.
For most of the past two months, Mississippi has experienced fewer infections, ranging from about 200 to 800 cases per day. From mid to late July, the state regularly reported between 1,000 and 1,500 cases on average per day.
The count has slowly risen. The state health department reported more than 1,300 new cases on Thursday. Mississippi has had more than 108,000 virus cases and at least 3,152 virus-related deaths.
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also increased slightly, with 500 people reported to be hospitalized in the state on Tuesday, up from 393 on October 3. Mississippi state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Monday that six hospitals have no beds available in their intensive care unit.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Thursday that the state’s four-week average of jobless claims dropped below 100,000 for the first time since the unemployment rate skyrocketed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The moving average for the week ending October 10 was 90,445, down from the previous week’s 100,464 and the unadjusted number of initial requests was 4,840, down 940 from the previous week’s revised total 5,780.
A record of more than 182,000 continuous claims was reported in late June, when the state reopened after several businesses shut down by Governor Kevin Stitt to stem the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, the state health department reported 1,221 additional virus cases and another 11 deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the disease, for a total of 103,836 cases and 1,143 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
O’FALLON, Mo. The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Missouri hit another record Thursday, and the seven-day average positivity rate was more than three times the benchmark suggested by the World Health Organization.
The state health department’s COVID-19 dashboard also showed other alarming numbers: 1,875 new confirmed cases and 22 deaths. According to the dashboard, Missouri ranks fourth nationwide in reported deaths in the past seven days and eighth in number of new cases. All in all, Missouri has reported 150,554 confirmed cases and 2,442 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate was 17.9%. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the nationwide seven-day positivity rate was 5.1%. The WHO has set 5% as a benchmark.
Meanwhile, 1,443 people were hospitalized in Missouri on Wednesday, setting a new record for the third consecutive day. Hospitalizations have increased dramatically since the state eased restrictions in mid-June. On June 16, 626 people were hospitalized and the number dropped to 375 on July 7. It has almost quadrupled since then.
Dr. Marc Larsen, who oversees the COVID-19 response to the St. Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, said rural hospitals in the system are seeing surges just as severe as the hospital at the Kansas City Plaza.
MADRID – Spain added more than 13,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday.
The Spanish Ministry of Health reported 6,603 new infections diagnosed in the previous 24 hours. The other cases have been diagnosed in recent days but not reported so far by regional officials.
The government’s top virus expert, Fernando Simón, says that “no province is where we want it to be” in terms of infections, “we feel we are in a stabilization process.”
Spain leads Europe with 921,374 confirmed cases. It recorded 33,553 deaths. However, health experts believe the actual number is higher due to the shortage of tests at the start of the pandemic.