Daily COVID fatalities for the U.S. hit the highest since May with 2,284 deaths as CDC warns EIGHT coronavirus infections are missed for every one counted and it’s feared Thanksgiving will be ‘the mother of superspreader events’
- The daily death toll across the country spiked to 2,284 on Wednesday which is the highest since May 7
- The number of people hospitalized on Wednesday also reached a single day record of 89,954
- A new government report calculates that by the end of September as many as 53 million Americans had actually been infected; that is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time
- The number of people testing positive Wednesday hit 182,573; the seven day average stands at 172,081
- Both California and Texas recorded their highest single-day case count to date, COVID tracking shows
- Despite the devastating figures and the fact that hospitals are already overwhelmed in parts of the country, the death toll is only expected to surge with millions defying official warnings and traveling for Thanksgiving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the United States is still missing nearly eight coronavirus infections for every one counted.
Daily US deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday hit 2,284, the highest since May 7, according to data from The Covid Tracking Project.
It is the second day running that more than 2,000 people have died.
The number of people hospitalized on Wednesday reached a single day record of 89,954, the 16th day of record hospitalizations; the seven day average is 84,840.
The record numbers came as a CDC report calculates that by the end of September as many as 53 million Americans had actually been infected – just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time.
Previously, the CDC estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed.
The latest CDC calculation is meant to give a more accurate picture of how many people actually have caught the virus since the pandemic began. Of the 53 million estimated infections, the CDC says about 45 million were sick at some point and about 2.4 million were hospitalized.
The number of people testing positive Wednesday hit 182,573; the seven day average stands at 172,081. Both California and Texas recorded their highest single-day case count to date.
Around 1.7 million people were tested Wednesday. The US currently leads the world with the highest number of deaths and cases with the death toll surpassing 262,000 and infections nationwide topped 12.7 million.
And former White House medical team adviser Dr Jonathan Reiner warned that Thanksgiving would lead to a massive surge in cases.
‘It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,’ Reiner told CNN.
Daily US deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday hit 2,284, the highest since May 7 data from The Covid Tracking Project show; it was the second day running more than 2,000 people have died. The number of people hospitalized on Wednesday reached a single day record of 89,954, the 16th day of record hospitalizations; the seven day average is 84,840
California and Texas both recorded their highest single-day case count to date. A new government report calculates that by the end of September as many as 53 million Americans had actually been infected. That is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time. Previously, the CDC estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed
The daily death toll across the country spiked to 2,146 Tuesday, which had been the highest since May 8
The US has repeatedly set daily records for the number of hospitalizations for the past month and 30 of the 50 states have reported a record number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations in November alone.
Dr Anthony Fauci has already warned that the true impact of Thanksgiving travel and gatherings won’t be seen for another three weeks when infections and hospitalizations could surge even higher.
Nine states, including North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Indiana , Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maine and Alaska , reported record numbers of deaths Tuesday. The US currently leads the world with the highest number of deaths and cases with the death toll surpassing 261,000 and infections nationwide topped 12.7 million
The number of people testing positive Wednesday hit 182,573; the seven day average stands at 172,081
Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just one day after the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel. By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures.
In Missouri the state’s two largest metropolitan areas are cracking down on restaurants that violate rules designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Kansas City´s authorities found two dozen bars and restaurants in violation of the city´s new pandemic restrictions after a weekend sweep of 185 establishments. Previously, the city relied primarily on complaints to enforce the rules. The new rules limit bars and restaurants to 50 percent capacity and require closing by 10 p.m..
Meanwhile, officials in St. Louis County have sent certified letters to three dozen bars and businesses ordering them to cease indoor service or face lawsuits or criminal charges.
Airline passengers Eli and Maria are seen wearing Hazmat Suits at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Thanksgiving as travelers are ignoring CDC warnings to avoid holiday travel as COVID-19 cases are surging across the US
Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just one day after the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel. By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures
Airline passengers are seen at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Thanksgiving
Medical staff members close the zipper of a body bag that contains a deceased COVID-19 patient’s body in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Monday in Houston, Texas
Texas has reached over 1,210,000 cases, including over 21,300 deaths, data released Wednesday shows
Officials in Anchorage, Alaska, are imposing new pandemic restrictions for December that will prohibit bars and restaurants from offering indoor service, require employers to allow people to work from home if possible and limit many businesses to 25 per cent capacity.
Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said Wednesday that the rules are needed to deal with increasing coronavirus infections in Anchorage, which is Alaska´s biggest city. The rules take effect Tuesday and run through Jan. 1.
As of Wednesday, the city has recorded 15,100 coronavirus cases. Of those, 2,115 were reported in the last week. The city has had 66 deaths from COVID.19.
And in Oregon its governor says bars and restaurants can reopen for limited outdoor service next week but many restrictions will remain in place until a vaccine against the coronavirus is widely available.
In making the announcement Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown urged Oregonians to stay safe during the Thanksgiving holiday and protect others by not ignoring safety protocols, like wearing masks and limiting personal contacts.
The revamped pandemic restrictions take effect when the current two-week ‘freeze’ expires December 3. Currently, only take-out restaurant service is allowed. The restaurant industry pushed hard against the restrictions as several eateries closed for good and others were at risk of doing so.
In Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus, but has only minor symptoms. Gordon said Wednesday that he plans to continue working remotely.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday that public schools will be allowed to offer in-school quarantines for students exposed to the virus. Schools in Mustang became the first in the state to adopt the policy, the department said.
Officials in Santa Clara County, California, said they will ramp up enforcement of state health orders during the holiday weekend to make sure businesses follow the permitted capacity, employees and customers wear masks at all times and social distance guidelines are being followed.
The county recorded its highest individual new case count for a day and has only 68 available ICU beds, testing officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib said Wednesday, surpassing any levels hit during the peak of the summer surge.
‘We are really, really concerned,’ Fenstersheib said. ‘All of the metrics that we have been following, that have done well in previous months, are now going up very steeply.’
Travelers wearing protective masks check in at a United Airlines Holdings Inc. check in area at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday. Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just one day after the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel
People wait in line at a TSA security checkpoint at Orlando International Airport on Thanksgiving eve Wednesday. By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures
Los Angeles has begun to require travelers arriving to by airplane or train to sign a form acknowledging California’s recommended two-week self-quarantine in response to surging coronavirus cases.
In Utah an increased number of hospitalizations across the state has prompted doctors and public health officials to advise against attending Thanksgiving gatherings with people outside their immediate households.
And in New Jersey´s largest city, officials are urging residents to shelter in place for the next 10 days to quell a resurgence of the new coronavirus.
The test positivity rate has soared to around 40 percent in Newark´s Ironbound, the epicenter of the city´s nightlife and the heart of the Spanish and Portuguese community. That has prompted Mayor Ras Baraka to impose a curfew and use police checkpoints to restrict access to residents and those conducting essential business.
REVEALED: More than 100,000 US nursing home residents have died of coronavirus since outbreak began
By Natalie Rahhal U.S. Health Editor and Associated Press
More than 100,000 U.S. nursing home residents have been killed by coronavirus, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
People living in long-term facilities account for nearly 40 percent of the 260,000 fatalities in the U.S. – and experts are predicting the toll will only rise as the colder months fuel community spread of the virus.
The tragic milestone comes as an unexpected spike in cases at two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, nursing homes in a regional chain led to 18 deaths.
And in Illinois, 27 veterans were killed in an outbreak at a single VA-run nursing home.
Nursing homes, where dozens if not hundreds of vulnerable, elderly people live in close quarters became hotbeds of coronavirus when the pandemic first hit – and they still are.
During the second week of November alone, 2,634 people living in nursing homes across the U.S. died, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
California, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have been among the hardest hit states, suffering more than 4,100 nursing home deaths apiece, CMS data shows. Nationwide, 100,000 long-term care facility residents have died, according to the Wall Street Journal
CMS logs more than 496,000 cases, about three quarters of which are confirmed (the rest being probable) and 69,872 officially counted deaths, but the Wall Street Journal’s tally suggests these are both undercounts.
Texas and California have each seen more than 25,000 cases in nursing homes, and both states in addition to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have seen more than 4,000 deaths apiece.
More nursing home residents have died per capita in New Jersey than in any other state, according to CMS, with 122.3 nursing home deaths for every 1,000 residents.
It’s followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Arkansas, which also has the greatest number of coronavirus cases per capita of any state.
No state, and few nursing homes, have been immune to the pandemic, however.
And even beyond the six-figure death toll from coronavirus itself, families believe nursing home residents are dying of neglect as their caretakers are stretched to the brink by COVID-19 outbreaks that spread like wildfire through the facilities.
Army veteran Alex Weak Jr died of dehydration in his Greensboro, North Carolina, nursing home in July.
Army veteran Alex Leak Jr died of dehydration at his nursing home in July. His family says he was neglected amid the pandemic
The nation watched in horror as the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, became one of the nation’s first hotspots for coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes. Today, these facilities still account for nearly 40% of all COVID-19 fatalities (file)
His family blames the assisted living facility for neglecting Leak’s needs, and blames that neglect in turn on the pandemic.
State officials are also investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office and the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs are attempting to determine what caused the outbreak at the state-run LaSalle Veterans Home in LaSalle, about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.
The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.
‘The tragedy of what has unfolded at the veterans’ home cannot be understated,’ said state Senator Sue Rezin, who represents the district where the home is located.
‘I’m glad that the director has called for an independent investigation and agree that there are lesson to be learned from this terrible outbreak that has claimed the lives of 27 of our nation’s heroes.’
New York has one of the highest nursing home death tolls in the nation. PIcture: A suspected COVID-19 patient is wheeled out of the Fort Washington Senior Rehabilitation Center in New York CIty in the spring surge there (file)
The current outbreak was identified in late October when a staff member and a resident tested positive for the virus.
Since the beginning of November, two-thirds of residents and employees have tested positive, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr Avery Hart, a consultant for the state´s Public Health department, said at the hearing that all 16 long-term care facilities in LaSalle County have had outbreaks.
‘It is no coincidence that cases within the home began to rise just as cases rose dramatically within the surrounding community,’ Veterans Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia testified Tuesday at the hearing.
State officials have increased staff testing at the facility, and the governor said an infection control team was sent to the home. As of Tuesday morning, 40 of 101 residents and 24 staff members had tested positive for the virus.
The imminent expected emergency approval of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine could spell hope for residents in these facilities.
It will be up to states to decide how the first doses, expected to ship out the second week of next month will be distributed.
Elderly people in long-term care facilities are considered high-priority recipients for vaccines, though they’ll likely be innoculated after health care workers.
Already, though, those hopes are being dashed in some places.
Also Tuesday, the state’s health director said Illinois will receive far fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine than originally estimated.
Dr Ngozi Ezike told reporters that she expects the state to receive about 80,000 initial doses instead of the 400,000 doses that Illinois officials had anticipated, pending FDA approval of the vaccines.