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    One year after the first case of covid-19 was registered in the country, the State of Mexico continues to position itself as one of the epicenters of the pandemic in the Republic, since according to data from the federal Ministry of Health it ranks as the second entity with the highest number of active cases, reaching approximately 5 thousand 304 patients who are still under epidemiological surveillance. Since she began the Mexican entity has been placed within the highest indicators in issues such as hospital occupation, the number of deaths and positive cases, placing the Valley of Mexico and the Valley of Toluca, as two of the regions with the greatest impact of the disease. In the case of the State of Mexico, the Health sector designed its care strategy based on at least four regions, each with its own times and its own development, while the pandemic can be...
    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem ripped into Dr Anthony Fauci for criticizing her state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during an address at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.   The Republican and potential 2024 presidential candidate fiercely defended South Dakota's record on COVID-19 and said Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, wrongly predicted that the state would be overwhelmed by the virus.   'We never focused on case numbers. Instead, we kept our eye on hospital capacity,' Noem said.  'Dr Fauci told me that I would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital on our worst day. On our worst day, we had a little over 600.' 'I don't know if you agree but, Fauci is wrong a lot!' she added, eliciting cheers from the audience.  Scroll down for video  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem ripped into Dr Anthony Fauci for criticizing her state's response to the coronavirus...
    New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker faced a barrage of questions when he appeared for a hearing about the Cuomo administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the state, with lawmakers slamming him -- and one saying his responses were "totally without credibility." During a budget hearing Thursday, lawmakers slammed Zucker and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for their handling of the pandemic and criticized them after the thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes across the state. HOUSE OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WANT TO SUBPOENA CUOMO TO TESTIFY ABOUT NURSING HOME COVID-19 DEATHS "We are the only state in the nation which counted (fatalities in) nursing homes in a convoluted way," Schenectady Republican Sen. James Tedisco said, according to The Times Union, challenging Zucker and other members of Cuomo's administration to admit "your culpability in these deaths." Last month, New York Attorney General Letitia James said nursing home COVID-19 deaths in the state were undercounted by as...
    More than 15,000 people have died in nursing homes in New York since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the highest figures in the United States and not known until now due to an information “vacuum” admitted by the governor of New York, Democrat Andrew Cuomo , which is in low hours. Cuomo emerged as a hero in the fight against covid-19 in the US last spring, with an aggressive strategy that often fell on the heels of the Donald Trump administration and the mayor of Bill de Blasio, but always in the echo. of criticism for his performance in nursing homes. In March 2020, he imposed a rule – revoked in May – that prevented nursing homes from rejecting patients positive for COVID-19 if they were stable to avoid, as he indicated, that hospitals were saturated, which brought back Homes for vulnerable people to residents potentially infected with...
    The number of cases of the UK's B117 coronavirus variant in the US is doubling about every 10 days, a new study estimates.  It comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the variant could become dominant in the US by March - a message reiterated by the agency's director Dr Rochelle Walensky yesterday.  But experts are divided over what that might mean.  University of Washington computational biologist Dr Trevor Bedford says the variant - as well as others that have emerged or been imported into the US - will likely drag out the pandemic, but he's not convinced they will lead to a massive spring wave of infections and deaths.   On the other hand, an economist and modeler at Pantheon Macroeconomics estimates that the slow pace of vaccination coupled with lax restrictions could allow new cases of the variant to spike to 400,000 a day...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from February 17, 2021: Ten more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 6,390. Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, three were in their 80s, six in their 70s, and one in their 50s. Three of the 10 people whose deaths were announced Wednesday were residents of long-term care facilities. Article continues after advertisement MDH also said Wednesday there have been 475,379 total cases of COVID-19...
    For the first time this year no state in the country saw more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases across a seven-day average, it was reported on Tuesday, in the latest encouraging sign in pandemic progress. The COVID Tracking Project found that every single state is showing a decline in numbers compared to January. New York, California, Florida and Texas remained the hardest-hit states - but all had fewer than 10,000 new cases, on average, across the last seven days. An 89-year-old woman in South Central Los Angeles receives her vaccination on Tuesday A vaccine is readied in Chelsea, Massachusetts on Tuesday as a nationwide program continues The seven-day average of deaths is at its lowest level this year, in encouraging news RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Biden promises a vaccine for all Americans who want one by... Mardi gone! Images show...
    President Joe Biden did not speak to Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the cover-up of COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes when the two men met last week, the White House said on Tuesday. Cuomo joined a bipartisan group of mayors and governors in the Oval Office on Friday for a meeting on COVID 19 relief for states and cities. But the topic of the delayed release of data on COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes didn't come up. Many New York Democrats have criticized Cuomo on the issue.  'The focus of the meeting was on the president providing an update on his plans to help get the pandemic under control,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her briefing on Tuesday in response to a question from DailyMail.com, 'so no that was not a focus of their conversation or a topic.' President Joe Biden did not...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from February 15, 2021: Two more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 6,378. Of the people whose deaths were announced Monday, one was in their 80s and one was in their 60s.  Article continues after advertisement MDH also said Monday there have been 474,169 total cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The number of positives is up 611 from Sunday’s count and is based on 18,165 new tests....
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from February 11, 2021: Twenty-four more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday, for a total of 6,343. Of the people whose deaths were announced Thursday, one was over 100, five were in their 90s, eight in their 80s, nine in their 70s, and one in their 30s. The person in their 30s who died had underlying health conditions, said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm during a press conference Thursday. Thirteen of the...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration finally published the full list of nursing home deaths in the state after months of resisting demands to release the data on COVID-19-linked fatalities Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration on Thursday finally published an updated list showing the totals of all nursing home deaths linked to COVID-19. After a judge ordered New York State’s Department of Health to comply with a Freedom of Information request, the updated list added more than 4,000 deaths to the state’s official tally as of Thursday. The new official total of deaths of nursing home residents who were either confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 or presumed to have come down with the illness stood at 12,743 - 50 per cent higher than the state previously acknowledged. Cuomo has come under fire for months for the state's nursing home policy, which was blamed for thousands of COVID-19 deaths after the...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from February 2, 2021: Eight more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 6,210. Article continues after advertisement Of the people whose deaths were announced Tuesday, one was in their 90s, three in their 80s, two in their 70s, one in their 40s, and one in their 30s. Three of the eight people who died were residents of long-term care facilities. MDH also said Tuesday there have been...
    More On: nursing homes Letters to the Editor — Jan. 30, 2021 AG report finds NY nursing homes with low staffing had most deaths ‘Who cares?!’ Cuomo callously addresses COVID nursing home death report Cuomo’s not off the hook for refusing to release COVID nursing home death data: watchdog After a damning report from New York Attorney General Letitia James this week, Gov. Cuomo and his staff finally released mortality data that adds to the toll that COVID-19 has taken on the state’s nursing-home residents. It’s a start — but it mustn’t be the end of it: The state needs to keep critical nursing-home data coming, and on a timely basis. On Thursday, New York’s attorney general released a review in which she estimated the total number of nursing-home residents who have perished from COVID-19 has been undercounted by the Department of Health by more than 50 percent. Shortly...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The number of COVID cases in Illinois jumped slightly with a little more than 80 new confirmations, but the state is reporting numbers not seen since last fall. On Wednesday the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed 3,751 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including 81 additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state’s health department reported 3,667 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, as well as 87 more deaths. As of now, Illinois has recorded a total of 1,112,181 coronavirus cases, including 18,964 deaths. As of Tuesday night, 2,931 people were in the hospital with COVID-19. Of that number, 591 people were in the ICU and 300 patients were on ventilators. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from January 20–26, 2021 is 4.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from January 20–26, 2021 is...
    (CNN)January has already become the worst month for US Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.As of Tuesday, there have been more than 79,000 coronavirus fatalities, topping the previous record set in December by more than a thousand, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.The grim milestone underpins the growing demand from state officials for more vaccines so that Americans can be inoculated more quickly. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden's Covid coordinator Jeff Zients informed governors that allocations would increase by around 16% starting next week, according to a source with knowledge of the call. Even with coronavirus vaccine distribution set to increase, upcoming months could be roughBiden has pushed for 100 million vaccination shots in the first 100 days of his presidency, but with a long road ahead for vaccinations, he also called for 100 days of mask-wearing.Read More"The brutal truth is it's going to take months before...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Thirty-two more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Sunday, for a total of 6,095. Of the people whose deaths were announced Sunday, four were in their 90s, 19 were in their 80s, three were in their 70s, four were in their 60s, one was in their 50s and one was in their 30s. Twenty-two of the 32 people whose deaths announced Sunday were residents of long-term care facilities. Article continues after advertisement MDH also said Sunday there...
    The Venezuelan Government maintains strict control over the entry of citizens from Brazil through the state of Bolívar (south), as a measure to prevent the spread of the Covid-19said the governor of that border region, Justo Noguera, in an interview broadcast on the Venezuelan State Television channel on Friday. « Before the new strain of Covid-19, which is highly aggressive, we are supervising that no one enters through areas that are not authorized and that everyone passes through the control area, « said Noguera. The governor indicated that they have the support of the officials of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), who are in charge of maintaining control at the service posts. In addition, he assured that the cases of Covid-19 in Bolívar they remain low and he called on citizens to maintain biosecurity measures to avoid contagion. Since March 2020, in Bolívar...
    (CNN)The United States could face as many as 100,000 more Covid-19 deaths in less than a month, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the CDC's new leader offered a glimmer of hope, saying that "healthier days lie ahead."The nation reported more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths Wednesday, only the third day ever to cross that threshold, bringing the death toll to at least 406,001 people, according to the Johns Hopkins tracking data. And by February 13, that number could reach 508,000, according to an ensemble forecast published by the CDC. The last forecast, on January 13, projected up to 477,000 deaths by February 6. Meantime, vaccines have begun to be distributed, but there remain significant challenges with the supply across the country, according to state officials.States appeal for more coronavirus vaccine doses as the US death toll moves past 400,000New CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on...
    Jocelyn estrada Michoacán / 20.01.2021 16:40:17 The governor of Michoacán, Silvano Aureoles Conejo, announced that as of today they closed all non-essential offices state government, because Covid-19 infections continue to rise. With the new measure, just over 7,000 state workers will have to stay home until the pandemic subsides. Therefore, they will only remain in their functions of public service, all the workers of the Health sector and all the local police. And even, state authorities are analyzing the possibility of ordering a new mandatory isolation and total closure of businesses. This by virtue of the fact that infections and deaths have increased; the lack of medicines and oxygen; and insufficient beds and medical personnel. At a press conference, Governor Silvano Aureoles acknowledged that the state of Michoacán is very close to going to the red light. And he stressed that the worst health crisis is...
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    By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Mexico posted its second straight day of more than 20,000 coronavirus cases Saturday, suggesting a surge in a country already struggling in many areas with overflowing hospitals. There were 20,523 newly confirmed cases Saturday after 21,366 infections were reported Friday. That was about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. Reporting normally declines on weekends, suggesting next week may bring even higher numbers. The country also recorded 1,219 more deaths, a near-record. The country has now seen almost 1.63 million total infections and has registered over 140,000 deaths so far in the pandemic. In Mexico City, the current center of the pandemic in Mexico, 88% percent of hospital beds are full. ___ ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: President-elect Joe Biden says his advisers will lead with ‘science and truth’ on the coronavirus pandemic. California opens mass vaccine sites but concerned about...
    The Fox News meteorologist who blames Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policy for the deaths of her parents-in-law slammed the governor’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout in New York, saying he’s more interested in being a ‘celebrity.’ Janice Dean appeared on the Fox News Channel on Tuesday where she blasted the governor for the botched vaccination rollout, which she called a ‘disaster.’ ‘It is just another leadership failure from this governor,’ Dean said. Richard Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Cuomo, told DailyMail.com in response: 'Every state has had issues with vaccine distribution because of lack of federal funds but we're rapidly ramping up distribution and currently have administered more than 60 percent of the vaccines we have.  'Last I checked she's not a credible source on anything except maybe the weather.' Last spring, Dean emerged as a critic of Cuomo after the parents of her husband, Sean Newman, died in March after contracting COVID-19....
    (CNN)With Covid-19 hospitalizations surpassing 100,000 for 40 days in a row, officials are trying to ramp up the pace of vaccinations across the United States."We really need to get this vaccine out more quickly, because this is really our only tool," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday.On Sunday, 129,229 people were in US hospitals with coronavirus, but the day marked only the sixth highest in pandemic history, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Experts have long said the best defenses against surging cases are preventative measures like masks and social distancing, as well as widespread vaccination. So far, at least 22.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been distributed and nearly 6.7 million have made their way into patients' arms. Health officials had hoped to get 20 million people vaccinated at the start of the new year,...
    The United States in the past week has reported more deaths from COVID-19 than it has in any other week during the pandemic. According to the COVID-19 tracking Project, the record 21,752 deaths over the last week - the first time is hit over 20,000 - comes from across the country as fatalities rise in every single region. On Saturday, there were 3,500 new deaths from coronavirus reported nationwide. While the national number had dropped from its new peak of 4,000 earlier this week, California hit a new record of 695 coronavirus deaths bringing its death toll since the start of the pandemic to 29,233. Los Angeles County now accounts for 40 percent of the state's deaths despite only having 25 percent of its population after it reported 1,000 deaths in the past four days. Nationwide, there have now been more than 22.1million Americans infection with COVID-19 and 372,428 deaths...
    BOSTON (CBS) — No one under 18 died in fires in Massachusetts during 2020, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. This is the first year that has happened on record. The Fire Marshal attributed the accomplishment to the Student Awareness of Fire Education Program. “Ultimately, responsibility for home fire safety rests with the adults in the home, but the S.A.F.E Program has brought key safety information on maintaining smoke alarms, practicing home fire drills, cooking, heating, candle and match and lighter safety home to those adults. Goodness knows there’s nothing like being nagged by a 3rd grader to test your smoke alarm,” said State Fire Peter Marshal Ostroskey. On Monday, a child in Oxford suffered serious burns due to a fire at a home daycare. “That reinforces how vigilant we must be to keep our children safe from fires and burns,” said Ostroskey. Massachusetts Child Fire Deaths In The...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois reported its highest daily COVID-19 caseload in nearly a month on Friday, with 9,277 new confirmed and probable cases, as the state’s infection rate has been creeping up for the past two weeks. The state had not recorded more than 9,000 new cases since Dec. 11, when 9,420 new cases were announced. The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported 126 additional deaths on Friday, the fourth day in a row with at least 100 deaths, after a slight dip in reported fatalities following the New Year’s holiday. Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported a total of 1,017,322 cases, including 17,395 deaths. As of Friday morning, the statewide seven-day average case positivity rate in Illinois remains at 8.5%, the same as one day earlier. However, the case positivity rate has been largely climbing for the past two weeks, up from 6.8% on Dec. 26....
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – For the first time on Thursday, U.S. officials recorded more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths — the most virus-related deaths the country has had in one day since the pandemic’s start. More than 11,700 people died in the last three days. It’s the third day in a row of record daily deaths from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, while the number of people who have been infected topped more than 21.56 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent forecast projected there will be between 405,000 and 438,000 deaths by the end of the month. The previous forecast, published December 30, projected up to 424,000 deaths by January 23. The ongoing spread of the virus and climbing number of deaths come even as the US is working to distribute vital COVID-19 vaccines — a process that has been criticized for being...
    Jerry Oppenheimer is a New York Times bestselling author whose 13 books have included biographies of such American icons as the Clintons and the Kennedys. From president-elect Joe Biden to angry and frustrated democratic governors across the country, there's been much whining and bickering over the slowness of the Covid-19 vaccine distribution – and, not surprisingly, blame is on the outgoing Trump administration. 'As I long feared and warned,' declared Biden. 'The effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should…it would take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people.'  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer contends, 'The feds are slow-walking the process…the bottleneck appears to be the [Trump] White House.' While New York's Andrew Cuomo claims, 'The people of this country don't trust the federal government with this vaccine process.' But the complaining politicians have only to look back to 1947 - when highly contagious...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Public health officials reported 5,069 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Monday, along with 79 additional deaths, as the state’s infection rate has been climbing steadily for the past week. Since the start of the pandemic, the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported a total of 984,880 coronavirus cases, including 16,834 deaths. The statewide seven-day average case positivity rate now stands at 8.6%, and has been climbing gradually for the past week, after steadily dropping from mid-November through mid-December. During the second surge of the virus this fall, the state’s case positivity rate peaked at 13.2%, and fell as low as 6.8% on the two days after Christmas. It’s unclear, however, if the climbing positivity rate is a sign of a post-holiday surge in cases, or a factor of decreased testing during the holidays. IDPH reported an average of 89,906 tests per...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India authorized two COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, paving the way for a huge inoculation program to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the world’s second-most populous country. India’s drugs regulator gave an emergency authorization for the vaccines developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca and another developed by the Indian company Bharat Biotech. Drugs Controller General Dr. Venugopal G Somani said both would require two doses and the decision was made after “careful examination” by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, India’s pharmaceutical regulator. Both vaccines are cheaper and easier to use than ones by Pfizer and Moderna since they do not require ultra-cold storage facilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the vaccine approval a “decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited fight.” “Congratulations India,” Modi tweeted. India's initial immunization plan aims to vaccinate 300 million people — health care workers, front-line staff...
    NEW DELHI — India authorized two COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, paving the way for a huge inoculation program to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the world’s second-most populous country. India’s drugs regulator gave an emergency authorization for the vaccines developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca and another developed by the Indian company Bharat Biotech. Drugs Controller General Dr. Venugopal G Somani said both would require two doses and the decision was made after “careful examination” by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, India’s pharmaceutical regulator. Both vaccines are cheaper and easier to use than ones by Pfizer and Moderna since they do not require ultra-cold storage facilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the vaccine approval a “decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited fight.” “Congratulations India,” Modi tweeted. India’s initial immunization plan aims to vaccinate 300 million people — health care workers, front-line staff including police and those...
    By The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina has reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases yet. The state reported 9,527 confirmed cases on New Year’s Day. That went over the state’s previous high by more than 1,000 cases. It reported nearly as many on Saturday: 9,356 cases. Cases for both days were released by the state health department on Saturday. “We begin 2021 in our most dangerous position in this pandemic,” Dr. Mandy Cohen, the state’s health secretary, said in a statement. North Carolina has reported a total of more than 558,000 cases. On Saturday, 15.5 percent of tests were positive, the highest rate since the start of the pandemic. In addition, a record 3,479 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 783 people were in the intensive care unit. The state reported Saturday that there were 144 deaths over the last two days. That brings the total...
    California broke its record for COVID-19 deaths in a single day on Tuesday with 432 as overwhelmed hospitals prepare to ration care.  The Golden State is now seeing one coronavirus death every three minutes, with a total of 24,958 reported to date.   More than half of Tuesday's statewide death toll came from Los Angeles County, where 242 fatalities were reported, according to a tally by the LA Times, bringing the total to date to 9,806. The county, the nation's most populous with a quarter of California's 40 million residents, has seen hospitalizations grow by nearly 1,000 percent in the last two months to 7,181 as of Wednesday.  State officials extended strict stay-at-home orders indefinitely in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday as both regions reel from surges in hospitalizations and zero intensive care unit capacity. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said the orders will...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from December 30, 2020: 413,107 cases; 5,262 deaths Some Minnesota vaccination data now available daily MDH addresses concerns about reporting of COVID-19 deaths  Antibody therapy available for some Minnesotans 413,107 cases; 5,262 deaths Sixty-six more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 5,262. Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, one was over 100 years old, 18 were in their 90s,...
    New York City hit another grim milestone on Tuesday as officials announced that deaths linked to coronavirus have now surpassed 25,000. The city's health department confirmed that there have now been 25,055 fatalities from confirmed or likely cases of COVID-19 in the Big Apple. It came as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is updating its quarantine guidelines for those exposed to the virus, decreasing the required quarantine period from 14 days to ten. Cuomo is relaxing the rules despite the statewide positivity rate reaching 7.14 percent as of Tuesday.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that the state is updating its quarantine guidelines for those exposed to the virus, decreasing the required quarantine period from 14 days to ten as long as the person has not shown symptoms On Tuesday, New York City surpassed 25,000 deaths linked to coronavirus, a grim new...
    NEW DELHI — India has found six people who returned from the United Kingdom in recent weeks infected with a new variant of the coronavirus. The health ministry in a statement on Tuesday said that all the six patients were isolated and their fellow travelers were tracked down. Close contacts of the infected patients were also put under quarantine. India previously suspended flights from and to the UK until the end of the year, noting the new variant is “spreading and growing rapidly.” India on Tuesday reported 16,432 new cases of the virus overall, taking its total to 10.22 million infections and 148,153 deaths. India is expected to start a vaccination drive for some 300 million people early next month. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Bill Trump signed into law combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with $1.4 trillion in spending and reams of other unfinished legislation — House...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from December 23, 2020: 402,519 cases; 4,971 deaths Moderna vaccine shipments delayed Winter storm and holidays close testing sites 402,519 cases; 4,971 deaths Seventy-five more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 4,971. Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, 21 were in their 90s, 30 were in their 80s, 13 were in their 70s, nine were in their 60s and two were in their...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from December 22, 2020: 401,011 cases; 4,896 deaths Moderna doses expected to arrive in Minnesota tomorrow 401,011 confirmed cases; 4,896 deaths Twenty-four more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 4,896.  “Don’t ever get numb to 25 deaths,” said Governor Tim Walz in a Tuesday press conference. The state will likely surpass 5,000 total reported deaths this week.  Article continues after advertisement Of the people...
    By The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — Gatherings of more than five people will be banned in South Korea's capital region as an elevated step to suppress what authorities call an “explosive” surge in coronavirus infections. The Seoul region is home to half of South Korea’s 51 million people and has been at the center of a recent viral resurgence. The country averaged about 960 new virus cases each day in the past week, more than 70% of them in the Seoul metropolitan area. Acting Seoul mayor Seo Jung-hyup said Monday the ban will apply to any type of meetings including year-end parties, office dinners, birthday parties and picnics. Only weddings and funerals can follow the current rule of not more than 50 people. He says the new restrictions will take effect from Wednesday and last until Jan. 3 in Seoul, Gyeonggi province that surrounds Seoul and Incheon city,...
    (CNN)Inoculations are happening, but more than 3,500 new Covid deaths were reported in the US on Wednesday, a single-day record. Americans still very much in danger certainly are not getting cues or public leadership from President Donald Trump, who judging by his Twitter feed remains focused almost exclusively on his election loss rather than on the deaths occurring on his watch -- or the tortured effort on Capitol Hill to give aid to Americans hurt by the pandemic. Read this passage from CNN's wrap of Covid news: But as vaccinations begin, recorded cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising to levels not previously seen, as hospital staff around the country warn they're running out of space and energy to provide sufficient care: Average cases: The country's average number of daily cases across a week was 215,729 on Wednesday -- a record high, Johns Hopkins University data show. That's more than three...
    The number of daily COVID-19 deaths in New York has spiked to the highest levels since May and the state's hospitalizations have surged 23 percent in the past week alone.  There were 128 deaths reported on Monday across New York, the latest state data shows. It is the highest daily death toll since May 16 when 132 fatalities were reported at the end of the initial peak of the coronavirus pandemic.   The current seven-day rolling average for deaths in New York is now at 98, which is still well below the peak 763 average fatalities reported back in April. Meanwhile, hospitalizations have surged 23 percent in the last week with 5,982 patients currently being treated for COVID-19 across the state.  There were 128 deaths reported on Monday across New York, the latest state data shows. It is the highest daily death toll since May 16 when 132 fatalities were...
    The Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning. Army Gen. Gustave Perna says trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the states. An additional 450 sites will get the vaccine between Tuesday and Wednesday. Perna is with Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development program. He says the vaccine was timed to arrive Monday morning so health workers would be available to receive the shots and begin giving them. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: U.S. officials say the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning. Trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the states, Meanwhile, President Donald Trump hasn’t publicly acknowledged this week’s record number of coronavirus deaths,...
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico health officials say another 43 people have died due to COVID-19 complications. The number released Friday is among the highest daily death tolls for the state in recent weeks. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said her prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and she urged people to abide by the state’s public health restrictions. Officials also reported an additional 1,849 confirmed cases, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to 116,565. New Mexico is preparing next week to receive its first round of vaccine doses. Officials say they will be delivered to frontline health care workers. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic — As he rails on election, Trump largely mum on toll of virus — Demoralized health workers struggle as virus numbers surge — Hours before t he...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The outbreak of COVID-19 in Indiana now ranks as one of the worst in the country. This comes after the state reported another 5.700 cases on 42 deaths on Monday. The Hoosier state is second-worst in terms of cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days, trailing only Rhode Island, according to data compiled by the New York Times. In terms of overall numbers, not factoring for population, the 6,910 daily case average, places Indiana No. 9 in the United States. The state also ranks No. 8 in terms of daily average deaths from COVID-19. Like many other states, Indiana had a decline in cases over the long Thanksgiving holiday, but deaths and infections are rising once again. (Credit: New York Times) According the the COVID Tracking Project, key COVID metrics are at, or near, record levels statewide.   While the state does have a mandatory...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several days of falling positive tests for the coronavirus in North Dakota has dropped the state to fourth in the country for new cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. North Dakota had for many weeks led the country in the number of virus outbreaks compared to population. South Dakota ranks first in the number of new cases per capita, according to data assembled Saturday. North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 474 new virus cases, the lowest number in five days. A total of 82,504 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. The numbers follow a day when the state went over 1,000 deaths from complications due to COVID-19. Officials confirmed six new deaths in the last day. The update showed 305 people hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of seven. The state's hospital tracker reported...
    Seven nursing home residents in Washington State with Covid-19 have died after staff members and more than 300 people attended a wedding that violated health restrictions.  The Grant County Health District revealed that the outbreaks were reported on November 20, just under two weeks after the guideline-flouting ceremony.  The Covid-19 outbreak spread across three long-term care facilities where the deceased men were all in their 70s, 80s, and 90s with underlying health conditions.  Grant County health officials announced that seven nursing home residents in Washington State, who were diagnosed with Covid-19, have died. Pictured: McKay Healthcare & Rehab Center in Soap Lake  McKay Healthcare & Rehab Center, in Soap Lake, had one man in his 80s die from Covid19, with three other deaths pending review. The deceased at Lake Ridge Center, in Moses Lake, included a man in their 70s, one in their 80s and two in their 90s. The nursing...
    North Dakota has become the eighth deadliest state in the coronavirus pandemic per capita, though it still trails behind several states that pursued more restrictive lockdown policies. On Tuesday, cumulative virus deaths since March in North Dakota hit 966, out of a population of 762,000, meaning that roughly one in 788 state residents has succumbed to the pandemic. That still trails far behind the deadliest state, New Jersey, where roughly one in 580 residents has died because of the virus, according to state data. In order, the seven deadliest states per capita are now New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Mississippi. Cumulative deaths in the pandemic by day in North Dakota are seen in the chart above. The state is the eighth deadliest in the nation per capita The number of deaths by age group due to COVID-19 in North Dakota is show above North...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase across Colorado. On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 3,862 new confirmed cases of the virus. (credit: CBS) Since the pandemic started, 2,708 Coloradans have died from COVID-19. Across the state, 1,841 people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus. The number of confirmed hospitalizations decreased slightly on Wednesday, but the total number of hospitalizations, including patients waiting for a COVID-19 test result, increased. (credit: Getty Images) Half of Colorado’s adult care ventilators were in use on Wednesday. About a third of hospitals and facilities across the state anticipate staff shortages within the next week. CDPHE updates COVID-19 data daily at covid19.colorado.gov/data. RELATED: ‘Like Living A Nightmare’: COVID Takes Heavy Toll On Colorado Health Care Workers Colorado COVID-19 Data, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday: Testing: 33,359 tests conducted on...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from December 2, 2020: 327,477 cases; 3,692 deaths  First responders hit hard by pandemic, Walz open to prioritizing them in vaccine rollout  State to open saliva testing site in Worthington Thursday 327,477 cases; 3,692 deaths Seventy-seven more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 3,692. That is the second highest reported one-day death toll of the pandemic. The highest one-day death toll in Minnesota, 101, was...
    Phil Murphy said Sunday morning that it's still a possibility that New Jersey could go back into a state-wide lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to spike in the midst of the second surge of the pandemic. 'It's on the table in terms of a shutdown,' Murphy told Bret Baier on 'Fox News Sunday'. 'I don't anticipate it and I sure as heck don't want to go that route.' He said federal aid in the form of another stimulus package would 'give us a lot more ammunition to do a lot more things right now.' The Democratic governor made the comments the day after anti-lockdown demonstrators swarmed the street where he resides to tell him 'you are not above the law' and protest his COVID-19 restrictions. The protesters initially gathered to show support for Donald Trump's legal battles concerning the election results. They then moved the demonstration to Murphy's home in...
    By The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day, the speed of viral spread unseen since the worst wave of the outbreak in spring. The 504 cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday brought the national caseload to 33,375, including 522 deaths. Around 330 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s 51 million population, where health workers are struggling to stem transmissions linked to hospitals, schools, saunas, gyms and army units. Infections were also reported in other major cities including Daegu, which was the epicenter of the country’s previous major outbreak in late February and March. The recent spike in infections came after the government eased social distancing restrictions to the lowest levels in October to support a weak economy,...
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day, the speed of viral spread unseen since the worst wave of the outbreak in spring. The 504 cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday brought the national caseload to 33,375, including 522 deaths. Around 330 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s 51 million population, where health workers are struggling to stem transmissions linked to hospitals, schools, saunas, gyms and army units. Infections were also reported in other major cities including Daegu, which was the epicenter of the country’s previous major outbreak in late February and March. The recent spike in infections came after the government eased social distancing restrictions to the lowest levels in October to support a weak economy, allowing high-risk venues like...
    Coronavirus cases in Florida reached 979,020 on Friday after a reported 17,344 new positives and 109 additional deaths of residents in the state in the last two days, the Department of Health reported. Miami-Dade has so far had 224,166 cases and Broward 105,084. The two counties have the highest number of infected people in the state, where 18,363 residents have already died from COVID-19. Another 233 nonresidents of the state have died in Florida, for a grand total of 18,596. Cases are rising as news is known that a new vaccine with greater than 94% effectiveness is available soon In Miami-Dade, 3,799 people have died from COVID-19 and in Broward 1,648. Additionally, Palm Beach County has had 64,300 positive cases, while Monroe has 3,278. A total of 54,467 people have been hospitalized in the state during this outbreak, which is not to say...
    (CNN)More than 2,100 Covid-19 deaths were reported in the US on Tuesday -- making it the highest single day death toll the country has seen since early May.The most deaths in a single day were recorded April 15 -- 2,603 people.When cases and hospitalizations began to surge weeks ago, officials predicted deaths would soon follow. Daily cases haven't dipped below 100,000 in three weeks. And for the 15th consecutive day, the US beat its own hospitalization record, with now more than 88,000 Covid-19 patients nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. As Covid-19 cases surge, health care workers say PPE is still a struggleThe coming weeks are likely to continue getting worse, before a possible vaccine begins to offer some relief. But just how much worse things will get depends on the mitigation steps taken across the country -- as well as the kinds of celebrations Americans will opt...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from November 17, 2020: 236,949 cases; 2,943 deaths Walz says he will announce “pause” for school sports 236,949 cases; 2,943 deaths Twenty-six more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 2,943. After reaching 56 deaths last Wednesday, a record-high, the state’s reported death toll decreased each day over the weekend and fell to 12 Monday before spiking again Tuesday.   Article continues after advertisement Of the...
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware is reporting 408 new coronavirus cases in one day. The number represent one of the highest daily totals over the past eight months. The Delaware State News reported Sunday that the total number of cases in the state is now 28,803. The Division of Public Health said that there were no new deaths, leaving the total of fatalities at 736. Hospitalizations were at 132 on Saturday. That's the most since early June. New Castle County has recorded about 54% of the state's cases and 50% of its deaths. Sussex County has reported 31% of cases and 34% of deaths. Fourteen percent of cases and 17% of deaths were in Kent County. The state says that nearly 380,000 Delawareans have been tested so far and that nearly 15,000 are known to have recovered. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...
    Kristi Noem In North Dakota, COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen so far that the state will “allow” asymptomatic, COVID-19-positive healthcare workers to keep working, Gov. Doug Burgum announced this week. Allowed. The lucky ducks. COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Dakota increased by 26.5% last week, but Gov. Kristi Noem is still rejecting a mask mandate, and her spokesman points to the fact that 34% of the state’s hospital beds remain vacant. One part he’s not saying is “For now.” Another is that, as the president of Rapid City Hospital told The Washington Post, “Our limiting factor isn’t beds, it’s staff.” Meanwhile, over in Minnesota, beds are a limiting factor—just 22 ICU beds are left in the Twin Cities, and the state as a whole is over 90% ICU capacity. That’s with coronavirus rates rising quickly, hospitalizations following along, and a rise in deaths presumably following those—especially if hospitals get overwhelmed. The Upper Midwest, in other words, is a disaster area, and...
    INDIANAPOLIS (CBS/AP) — Indiana’s governor announced that some coronavirus restrictions are being reinstated after several weeks of sharp increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. The new steps being imposed by Gov. Eric Holcomb will limit crowd sizes in those counties at the higher-risk levels of coronavirus spread and would cover 87 of the state’s 92 counties as of Wednesday’s update from the state health department. A new executive order starting this weekend will limit crowd sizes to 20 people in the highest-risk red counties and 50 people in the next-riskiest orange counties. The new order will also limit capacity at K-12 sports and extracurricular events. The restrictions come as Indiana reported another 5,156 new cases, topping the previous record of 5,007 new cases reported on Saturday. The Indiana Department of Public Health reports there were also 31 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A new report shows that more jail and prison staff and inmates in Texas have been infected and killed by COVID-19 than those of any other state’s criminal justice system. According to the report by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, at least 231 inmates and staff members have died of COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails. The study also found that Texas inmates and staff tested positive for the coronavirus virus that causes COVID-19 at a 490% higher rate than the state’s general population. Also, nine Texas inmates approved for parole died in prison before their release. Federal prison facilities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities were excluded from the analysis, the LBJ School said in a statement. “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on prisons and jails across the country, and especially in Texas,” said Michele Deitch,...
    (CNN)Despite new measures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 in El Paso, Texas, the community remains one of the hardest hit across the country, with soaring infections and hospitalizations that continue to climb.County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said the county has requested four more trailers in addition to the six mobile morgues already on the ground to handle a spike in deaths. "It may be as much as 20 per day the next two to three weeks. There might be more and more an incline of deaths," Samaniego told CNN affiliate KFOX. Expert predicts US could soon hit 200,000 daily coronavirus cases as the country tops 10 million infections That's as county leaders have already been working with funeral homes and mortuaries on fatality management and government forces have arranged to begin assisting area hospitals, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jorge Rodriguez of the El Paso Office of Emergency Management....
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from November 8, 2020: Thirty-one more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Sunday, for a total of 2,656.  Minnesota has now reported more than 30 deaths in four of the last five days, and a total of 199 deaths in the first eight days of November. In July, when the outbreak declined, the state only reported 159 deaths over the entire month. If COVID-19 deaths continue in November at the state’s current...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has reported 45,674 new coronavirus infections, with the capital coping with a sharp surge of nearly 7,000 cases a day this past week. India’s tally of confirmed cases — currently the second largest in the world behind the United States — has exceeded 8.5 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 559 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 126,121. India has seen an overall steady dip in new cases after touching nearly 100,000 a day in mid-September. However, the tally in New Delhi continues to hover at around 7,000 a day after dropping to nearly 1,000 in September. The capital also reported 79 deaths in the past 24 hours, the most since June. Delhi state Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that apart from aggressive contact tracing, targeted testing in shopping areas and other busy locations also has...
    NEW DELHI — India has reported 45,674 new coronavirus infections, with the capital coping with a sharp surge of nearly 7,000 cases a day this past week. India’s tally of confirmed cases — currently the second largest in the world behind the United States — has exceeded 8.5 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 559 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 126,121. India has seen an overall steady dip in new cases after touching nearly 100,000 a day in mid-September. However, the tally in New Delhi continues to hover at around 7,000 a day after dropping to nearly 1,000 in September. The capital also reported 79 deaths in the past 24 hours, the most since June. Delhi state Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that apart from aggressive contact tracing, targeted testing in shopping areas and other busy locations also has started. And authorities are...
    By The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months. In Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, which had the highest number of cases in the country, residents were enjoying the first weekend of cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening to walk-in customers. The city only has one mystery case without a known source. There are 61 active cases left across the state, down from 70 on Saturday. State Deputy Premier James Merlino hailed Sunday’s zero figures as “another great day for Victoria,” but urged caution ahead of Australia’s most-prestigious horse race on Tuesday, the Melbourne Cup, known as the “race that stops a nation.” Australians traditionally gather in bars or in private homes to watch the event, a public holiday. The race attracts crowds of more than 100,000 at Melbourne’s Flemington race course, but this year it...
    CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months. In Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, which had the highest number of cases in the country, residents were enjoying the first weekend of cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening to walk-in customers. The city only has one mystery case without a known source. There are 61 active cases left across the state, down from 70 on Saturday. State Deputy Premier James Merlino hailed Sunday’s zero figures as “another great day for Victoria,” but urged caution ahead of Australia’s most-prestigious horse race on Tuesday, the Melbourne Cup, known as the “race that stops a nation.” Australians traditionally gather in bars or in private homes to watch the event, a public holiday. The race attracts crowds of more than 100,000 at Melbourne’s Flemington race course, but this year it will...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland added more than 900 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day on Saturday as the state reached the grim milestone of 4,000 deaths, data from the state’s health department showed. As of Saturday, the state has seen 145,281 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 967 in the past day. Ten more deaths were reported, bringing the total to 4,000. The number of hospitalizations increased by seven, bringing the total to 520. Of those, 394 patients were in acute care and 126 were in intensive care. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The state’s calculation of the positivity rate also increased to 3.77% Saturday from 3.71% on Friday. Since the pandemic began, 3,422,662 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the state, of which 1,793,391 have...
    An Oregonian health adviser has dressed up as a clown to announce the state's coronavirus death toll. Claire Poche, a senior member of Oregon Health Authority, had a big red smile painted across her face and wore bright yellow trousers for the solemn announcement. 'As of today, there have been 38,160 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, with 390 new cases being reported today,' she said. 'Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608.' Poche was joined by a colleague dressed up in an animal onesie as they went on to describe how Oregonians could celebrate Halloween safely during the pandemic. Claire Poche, a senior member of Oregon Health Authority, painted a big red smile across her face and wore a polka dot shirt with yellow trousers during the video announcement Poche was joined by fellow senior adviser Shimi Sharief who...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from October 27, 2020: 137,536 confirmed cases; 2,368 deaths St. Cloud saliva testing site opens Wednesday Article continues after advertisement 137,536 confirmed cases; 2,368 deaths Fifteen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 2,368. Of the deaths announced Tuesday were four people in their 50s, five people in their 70s, four people in their 80s and two people in their 90s. Four of the 15...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in practically every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.” With Election Day just over a week away, average deaths per day across the country are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Newly confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34. Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country. Deaths are a lagging indicator — that is, it generally takes a few weeks for people to sicken and die from the...
    By Lisa Marie Pane | Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.” With Election Day just over a week away, average deaths per day across the country are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34. Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in confirmed cases engulfing the country. Deaths are a lagging indicator — that is, it generally takes a few weeks for people...
    By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we're rounding the turn, we're doing great.” With Election Day just over a week away, average deaths per day across the country are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34. Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in confirmed cases engulfing the country. Deaths are a lagging indicator — that is, it generally takes a few weeks for people...
    By The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state awaits results on 3,000 people who were tested in the city’s north in the past 24 hours. He described it as a “cautious pause” – not a setback – to rule out there wasn’t widespread community transmission linked to the cluster. Among the current restrictions are mandatory wearing of masks and no traveling beyond 25 kilometers (15 miles) from home. At the start of the second wave of cases two months ago, Andrews instituted an overnight curfew and shut down most businesses. “I know it is frustrating,” Andrews said. “I know people are keen to have a long and...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shows Florida voters how to close their eyes and wish it away. On Thursday, Florida reported over 5,500 new cases of COVID-19—and the day isn’t over yet. The number is higher than anything the state has posted since the first half of August, but it reflects a fresh surge that’s keeping the state at an average of around 100 deaths per day and steadily moving it up the Worst States charts. In the next two days, Florida will likely pass New Jersey to take over the No. 4 slot in total deaths. It’s already reached the No. 3 spot in total cases. And it’s by far the largest state when it comes to the top 10 in cases per population. What’s a Donald Trump-loving, science-hating Republican governor to do? Well, Ron DeSantis has already been trying to follow Trump’s advice to do less testing. Florida is currently testing at the lowest rate...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from October 21, 2020: 126,591 cases; 2,281 deaths State is planning for vaccine distribution MDH reports jump in flu vaccinations State to open free COVID-19 test site in Mankato 126,591 confirmed cases; 2,281 deaths  Thirty-five more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 2,281. That single-day death toll is the highest since May 28, when Minnesota was experiencing one of the worst stretches of deaths in...
    Missouri reported a record number of coronavirus cases over the weekend.  The Show-Me State on Saturday reported a record of some 2,357 new cases of COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. An estimated 1,768 new cases were reported on Sunday.  As of Tuesday morning, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, tallying more than 8,214,754 illnesses and at least 220,133 deaths. (iStock) The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases has also increased, with 1,298.71 new cases reported on Oct. 3 compared to 1,528.29 reported on Saturday. Overall, the state has a positivity rate is 19.7%, but some counties — namely Holt, New Madrid, Osage, Stoddard, Dekalb and Moniteau — have a positivity rate above 50%, per the outlet.  GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS SURGE WILL LEAD TO MORTALITY SPIKE, WHO WARNS As of Saturday, the state ranked 10th in the nation for the highest rate...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from October 19, 2020: 124,439 confirmed cases; 2,239 deaths Legislative Republicans say they will open state if elected MDH still says it has no plans to dial back 124,439 confirmed cases; 2,239 deaths  Five more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 2,239.  Article continues after advertisement Of the deaths announced Monday, one person was in their 90s, two were in their 80s, and two...
    (CNN)The US reported at least 69,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday -- the most in a single day since July -- amid an alarming nationwide rise in cases that experts say marks the start of the fall surge. On July 29, the US reported more than 71,300 infections, about two weeks after a peak daily case count of more than 77,000 cases. The country was then at the height of the pandemic and several states were adding thousands of new cases each day. By mid-September, the summer surge had slowed and the US was averaging a little more than 36,000 daily cases.But now, the country is averaging more than 53,000 new infections daily -- up 14% from the previous week. The case upticks have prompted state leaders to push new measures in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced changes to the state's health measures, including...
    Wisconsin is now the latest COVID-19 hot spot in the United States with the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths surging to record highs in the last month. Governor Tony Evers on Wednesday was forced to activate a 530-bed field hospital just outside Milwaukee as the ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals.  Cases in the Midwestern state have been spiking since the beginning of September and have consistently surged to record daily highs since then. More than 2,300 cases were reported on Wednesday and 16 new deaths.  Hospitalizations and deaths have been surging to record highs since late September. Deaths are a lagging indicator and can continue to rise for weeks after infections start showing signs of a decline. Cases in Wisconsin have been spiking since the beginning of September and have consistently surged to record daily highs since then. More than 2,300 cases were reported on Wednesday...
    MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from September 30, 2020: Sixteen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 2,036. That death count represents the highest one-day toll in the state since August 19. The state has only twice reported more than 15 deaths in a single day after June 19. Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, four were in their 90s, four were in their 80s, three were in their 70s and five were in their 60s. Nine of the 16 deaths announced Wednesday were among residents of long-term care facilities. Of the 2,036 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota, 1,458...
    By The Associated Press MADRID — An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. Volunteers placed the flags on a grassy slope overlooking a highway in the capital early on Sunday. COVID-19 has claimed a confirmed 31,232 lives in Spain. But difficulties in testing at the start of the crisis mean many more victims likely have gone unrecorded. “I think it is a beautiful homage to the victims, a lot better than the homage that was given by the prime minister,” 62-year-old retiree Honorio Hernandez said. “I have been in the Arlington National Cemetery and this reminds me of that. These people at the very least deserve this, if not much more.” Elsewhere in Madrid, over 1,000 protesters rallied to demand a more vigorous response to the growing second wave...
    By The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska health officials say the state’s COVID-19 death toll has risen by six, which is the biggest one-day jump for the state since the pandemic began. The state also reported 128 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, which was the most recent available data. The deaths include three men in their 60s, one man in his 50s and two men in their 70s. The state previously reported a high of four deaths, on Aug. 25. Alaska has had 8,202 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 52 deaths from the disease since the pandemic started. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — New York state tops 1,000 confirmed cases in a day for the first time since early June — Thousands gather in London’s Trafalgar Square to protest lockdowns and social distancing rules — Virus cases rise in US...
    As cases and deaths from COVID-19 come in fewer numbers around California, some harder-hit counties are beginning to come close to the Bay Area. Statewide, there was little change in the seven-day average of new infections and fatalities reported each day, though both figures were lower than where they were two weeks ago and significantly below their respective peaks. The 3,274 new cases and 85 deaths reported by county health departments Thursday kept each seven-day average about even — just over 3,500 cases and just below 84 deaths per day over the past week, according to data compiled by this news organization. The 587 total fatalities reported over the past seven days were the fewest over any seven-day period since the one that ended July 8. While the Bay Area reported its most deaths of any seven-day period last week, virus deaths in Los Angeles County on Thursday were near...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Article continues after advertisement Here are the latest updates from September 21, 2020: 90,942 confirmed cases; 1,969 deaths State to open free saliva testing site in Duluth The state high school league approved football and volleyball, but MDH says such gatherings are risky 90,942 confirmed cases; 1,969 deaths Four more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said Monday, for a total of 1,969. Of the people whose deaths were announced Monday, one was in their...
    The state of Illinois reported 2,210 new coronavirus cases this Friday, September 18 and an additional 20 deaths attributable to the virus. According to data from the Department of Public Health, the state now has a total of 270,327 cases since the start of the pandemic with 8,411 deaths. In the last 24 hours, some 61,918 new tests have been performed. These new results maintain the positive average at 3.6%. Regarding hospitalizations, the state reports a total of 329 patients under intensive care and 1,481 people are hospitalized in health centers due to the virus.
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's second-most populous state Victoria, the country's COVID-19 epicentre, on Tuesday reported zero deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, a milestone not recorded for two months. Victoria state said 42 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a small increase from the figure posted one day earlier and well below the peak of more than 700 infections detected in August. Victoria last recorded no COVID-19 deaths on July 13. The result will buoy optimism that a stringent lockdown of nearly 5 million people for nearly seven weeks has curtailed the spread of COVID-19. Melbourne, Australia's second most populated city, is on an extended hard lockdown until Sept. 28. But with the steady fall in cases, some restrictions were relaxed from Monday, allowing people to leave their homes for longer periods for exercise and authorities shortened a night curfew. Victoria, home...
    A day after the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic, health officials across the Bay Area are reporting ten new COVID-19 deaths as well as 707 positive cases as the state continues to beat back the coronavirus. According to data compiled by this news organization, new deaths bring the total of fatalities from the deadly virus to 1,295 in the nine-county Bay Area plus Santa Cruz County. Just a day ago public health officials reported 34 new deaths, the most fatalities ever in the Bay Area since the pandemic began led by Alameda County with 16 fatalities and Santa Clara County with 13. On Sunday Alameda counted no new deaths while Santa Clara County reported four new deaths. Across California, public health officials reported 3,125 new cases and 71 new deaths. That brings the 7-day case average to 3,304 and the 7-day death rate to about 9, both...
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    CHICAGO — Illinois reported 1,668 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past day and seven more deaths. Four of the deaths happened in Cook County: a man and a woman in their 70s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s. There have now been 2,868 COVID-19-related deaths in Chicago and 8,026 in the state. The state’s overall positivity rate remained at 4.1 percent on Monday. That’s the rolling, seven-day average of tests administered that yield positive cases.  As of Sunday night, 1,492 people in Illinois were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 347 patients were in the ICU and 157 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. Last Thursday by comparison, 1,546 people were hospitalized, including 352 people in the ICU and 132 people on ventilators.
    The Associated Press The Latest on Hurricane Laura: LAKE CHARLES, La. – Louisiana officials now know of 6 deaths tied to Hurricane Laura. The fatalities included a 24-year-old male that died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator inside his residence, Mike Steele, communications director for the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said. A man, whose age is unknown, died of drowning while aboard a sinking ship. Earlier Thursday, a 14-year-old girl died when a tree crashed onto her family’s mobile home near Leesville, the Vernon Parish Sherriff’s Office said. Laura blasted through the Louisiana coast and made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday, wreaking damage on the industrial, casino city of Lake Charles. The storm has left more than 875,000 people without power. —- ORANGE, Texas — Some of the cities and communities in Texas hardest hit by Hurricane Laura were near the...
    The Associated Press The Latest on Hurricane Laura: LAKE CHARLES, La. — Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said state officials now know of four storm-related deaths tied to Hurricane Laura. The deaths were all caused by trees falling on residences, Edwards said. None were on the coast, having happened in Vernon, Jackson and Acadia parishes. Jackson is in north Louisiana, demonstrating the power of the storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm early Thursday, as it moved through the state. Edwards said the current priority is search and rescue, followed by efforts to find hotel or motel rooms for those who have lost their homes. Hotel rooms are needed because conventional communal shelters pose a risk for spreading the coronavirus. Edwards said storm surge was measured in the range of 9 feet to 12 feet — bad but far less than the 20 feet that had been forecast....
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from August 25, 2020: 70,707 confirmed cases; 1,779 deaths State announces new COVID-19 testing lab Article continues after advertisement 70,707 confirmed cases; 1,779 deaths  Eight more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 1,779. Of the people whose deaths were announced Tuesday, three were in their 80s, three were in their 70s and two were in their 60s. Two of the eight deaths announced Tuesday were...
    By The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has added 397 new coronavirus cases, counting its tenth straight day of triple-digit increases as the speed of viral spread nears the levels the country saw during the worst of its outbreak in spring. The resurgence, which began in the densely populated capital area before spreading to practically every major city and provincial town over the past week, is a major setback for the country that had been eager to tout its hard-won gains against the virus. After avoiding stringent social distancing measures because of concerns over a fragile economy, officials have now banned large gatherings, closed nightspots, beaches and churches and removed fans from professional sports in a desperate effort to stem transmissions. Sunday’s daily jump in infections marked the third-consecutive day of over 300 and the highest since the 483 cases reported on March 7, when the country...
    (CNN)More than 130,000 people could die over the next few months from Covid-19 if leaders across the US don't implement safety measures like mask mandates heading into fall, researchers say.If mask use increases from 53% to 95%, it could save almost 70,000 lives, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. "It really depends on what our leaders do," Dr. Chris Murray, the head of the institute, said. As Florida sets records for Covid-19 cases, health authorities often fail to do contact tracingAt least 175,409 Americans have died since the pandemic began, a number the institute projects could reach nearly 310,000 by December 1. The new prediction is about 15,000 deaths higher than their earlier forecast from two weeks ago due to several factors, Murray said."In some states, California is a good example, cases peaked, they're coming down but deaths haven't," Murray told CNN's Anderson...
    Florida may turn down Trumps plan to increase jobless aid The FDA Just Released This New COVID Food Safety Checklist Transfer VHS Tapes, Film, and Photos to Digital Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life These 5 States Have Had the Most COVID Deaths in the Country Coronavirus case numbers surged in the United States during the month of July. Now in August, COVID death numbers have started to follow that surge. But as the numbers continue to rise, it's clear that some states have fared worse than others. In fact, the state of Florida just surpassed 10,000 deaths from COVID after adding 117 new deaths on Aug. 20. Sadly, it's not alone in that statistic: Florida is now the fifth state to have surpassed the 10,000th death mark. These...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from August 19, 2020: 66,618 confirmed cases; 1,738 deaths State to test long-term care inspectors 66,618 confirmed cases; 1,738 deaths Seventeen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said Wednesday, for a total of 1,738. The 17 deaths represent the highest one-day death toll since June 19. The state has reported more than 10 deaths in a day only three times so far in July and August. Article continues...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s point man for the coronavirus pandemic said Friday that he thinks the country reached its peak of infections over the last three weeks. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell had previously wrongly predicted that infections would peak in May and June, but on Friday he said, “We have now had a maximum point in the curve.” But he also predicted that second waves of infections would continue occurring around the world for some time. “This is a phenomenon that is going to be with us in the whole world for several years,” he said. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico rose by 5,618 on Friday to reach 511,369. The Health Department reported 615 newly confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing the country’s total deaths to 55,908. For the first time during the pandemic, Mexico declared one of its state, the Gulf...
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