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    OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain has become the first state trooper in the state to die of COVID-19. Capt. Jeffery Sewell, 58, of Atoka died Saturday at a Denison, Texas, hospital where he had been treated for the virus for about three weeks, OHP spokesperson Sarah Stewart said Tuesday. Capt. Jeffery Sewell (credit: Oklahoma Highway Patrol) Stewart said it was not clear how Sewell contracted the virus and that no other troopers have died, but 12 others have been infected. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 1,025 new virus cases Tuesday, and 11 more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the totals to 86,219 cases and 1,018 deaths, up from 85,194 cases and 1,007 deaths reported...
    Tennessee has been in the news lately because the Nashville mayor was caught fudging data to keep businesses in the state's capital closed for longer than necessary. The outrage triggered by the story caused the mayor to relent and ease some of the restrictions. But new data compiled by Nashville for Rational COVID Policy shows that the entire premise of lockdown and mask-wearing is unfounded because the scope of the threat of the virus, as well as the effectiveness of the responses to it, are exaggerated. Josh Stevenson, a co-founder of Nashville for Rational COVID Policy, sent me a presentation that he shared with Tennessee lawmakers, showing how unremarkable the excess deaths have been in his state and...
    Your odds of dying from COVID-19 in Colorado remain very small if you're under thirty, forty or even fifty, although they've risen slightly in each category over recent months. Your chances also go up if you're Hispanic or, even more dramatically, Black. Those are some of the key takeaways from the latest demographic information about the novel coronavirus from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The numbers are particularly telling when juxtaposed against those highlighted in our May 26 post on the subject, headlined "Why So Many Coloradans Under 50 Don't Take Virus Seriously." People under forty certainly accounted for many more cases during the week of September 20, the most recent period for which CDPHE data is...
    Loading the player... NEW DELHI (AP) — Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village. For the coronavirus, though, he was just one more in a million. After the virus killed the 27-year-old Chaudhary in late July, his mother wept inconsolably. With her son gone, Premlata Chaudhary said, how could she go on living? Three weeks later, on Aug. 18, the virus took her life, too — yet another number in an unrelenting march toward a woeful milestone. Read More: Democrats introduce new $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Now, 8 1/2 months after an infection doctors had never seen...
    AUSTIN, Texas – Texas health officials reported 1,397 new coronavirus cases on Monday, along with 11 more deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. That brought the total number of Texas cases since tracking of the pandemic began in March to 739,743, with a death toll of 15,533, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported. However, the true number of cases is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The health department also estimated 67,570 active cases of the virus, including 3,201 current hospital patients. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear...
    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany's 16 states were conferring Tuesday on how to prevent the country's coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries, and new restrictions were possible. New infections in Germany have hit the highest levels since April in recent weeks, with more than 2,000 new cases per day on several occasions. That is still well below the numbers seen at the height of the pandemic's first phase, and far from the figures now being recorded in some other European countries — notably France and Spain. But it has set alarm bells ringing in Germany. Infection rates in Munich and some other cities have recently hovered...
    Since outbreaks began at the end of 2019, the coronavirus has ripped through country after country, sickening more than 33 million people worldwide and killing over 1 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The staggering death count reported Monday comes nine months after the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China. The United States currently leads the world as the country with the most confirmed cases and the highest death toll. On September 22, the U.S surpassed 200,000 virus deaths, just eight months after the country's first reported case. There are currently 29 states reporting an increase in new cases compared to two weeks ago, and several Midwestern states have reported record cases and hospitalizations.  India...
    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states were conferring Tuesday on how to prevent the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries, and new restrictions were possible. New infections in Germany have hit the highest levels since April in recent weeks, with more than 2,000 new cases per day on several occasions. That is still well below the numbers seen at the height of the pandemic’s first phase, and far from the figures now being recorded in some other European countries — notably France and Spain. But it has set alarm bells ringing in Germany. Infection rates in Munich and some other cities have recently hovered...
    Reuters September 29, 2020 0 Comments The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that one million deaths from COVID-19 was “a very sad milestone”, after many victims suffered “a terribly difficult and lonely death” and their families were unable to say goodbye. The global coronavirus death toll rose past a million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim statistic in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live. “So many people have lost so many people and haven’t had the chance to say goodbye. Many people who died died alone… It’s a terribly difficult and lonely death,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a U.N. briefing in Geneva....
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that one million deaths from COVID-19 was "a very sad milestone", after many victims suffered "a terribly difficult and lonely death" and their families were unable to say goodbye. The global coronavirus death toll rose past a million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim statistic in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live. "So many people have lost so many people and haven't had the chance to say goodbye. Many people who died died alone... It's a terribly difficult and lonely death," WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. "The one positive thing...
    (CNN)The global Covid-19 death toll has crossed one million -- and the United States accounts for more than 20%.It took less than eight months to go from the first reported coronavirus-related death in Wuhan, China, on January 9 to a global death toll of 1,001,800 on early Tuesday morning, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US has been hit hard by the virus, with more than 7.1 million reported infections and 205,085 deaths.And with recent spikes in cases, health experts warn things could soon get worse in the US. Twenty-three states are reporting more new daily cases on average than they did last week, while 20 are holding steady. Only 10 states show downward trends in new cases...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s daily coronavirus increase was the lowest in about 50 days Tuesday as new infections trend lower. Many experts have warned, however, that the virus could spread again after this week’s traditional Chuseok autumn holidays, when people usually travel to visit their relatives. Health authorities have urged people to refrain from traveling this year because of the risk of spreading the virus. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said the 38 cases added in the last 24 hours took the country’s total to 23,699 with 407 deaths. South Korea had seen a viral resurgence, mostly in the densely populated Seoul area since early last month. But its caseload has recently begun slowing after...
    SEOUL – South Korea’s daily coronavirus increase was the lowest in about 50 days Tuesday as new infections trend lower. Many experts have warned, however, that the virus could spread again after this week’s traditional Chuseok autumn holidays, when people usually travel to visit their relatives. Health authorities have urged people to refrain from traveling this year because of the risk of spreading the virus. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said the 38 cases added in the last 24 hours took the country’s total to 23,699 with 407 deaths. South Korea had seen a viral resurgence, mostly in the densely populated Seoul area since early last month. But its caseload has recently begun slowing after authorities enforced stringent...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s daily coronavirus increase was the lowest in about 50 days Tuesday as new infections trend lower. Many experts have warned, however, that the virus could spread again after this week’s traditional Chuseok autumn holidays, when people usually travel to visit their relatives. Health authorities have urged people to refrain from traveling this year because of the risk of spreading the virus. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said the 38 cases added in the last 24 hours took the country’s total to 23,699 with 407 deaths. South Korea had seen a viral resurgence, mostly in the densely populated Seoul area since early last month. But its caseload has recently begun slowing after...
    NEW YORK -- The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million on Tuesday, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.More than 25,000 New Yorkers have died of COVID-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that of the 456,460 total cases statewide, 25,468 people have died in New York since the start of the pandemic."It's not just a number. It's human beings. It's people we love," said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan who has advised government officials on containing pandemics and lost his 84-year-old mother to COVID-19 in...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million on Tuesday, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. “It’s not just a number. It’s human beings. It’s people we love,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan who has advised government officials on containing pandemics and lost his 84-year-old mother to COVID-19 in February. “It’s our brothers, our sisters. It’s people we know,” he added. “And if you don’t have that human factor right in your face, it’s very easy to make it abstract.”...
    NEW YORK -- The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million on Tuesday, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work."It's not just a number. It's human beings. It's people we love," said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan who has advised government officials on containing pandemics and lost his 84-year-old mother to COVID-19 in February."It's our brothers, our sisters. It's people we know," he added. "And if you don't have that human factor right in your face, it's very easy to make it abstract."The bleak milestone, recorded...
    By Adam Geller and Risbah R. Jain | Associated Press NEW DELHI — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million on Tuesday, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. “It’s not just a number. It’s human beings. It’s people we love,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan who has advised government officials on containing pandemics and lost his 84-year-old mother to COVID-19 in February. “It’s our brothers, our sisters. It’s people we know,” he added. “And if you don’t have that human factor right...
    The Covid-19 pandemic that swept rapidly around the world over the last nine months didn't hit all countries or health systems equally.  Medical workers — some laboring in challenging conditions and without enough personal protective equipment  — said they've done their best to save as many patients as possible. Still, the death toll continues to rise.  More than 1 million people — likely many more, given inadequate reporting in some regions — have now died from Covid-19. The virus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, has spread to most countries around the world. Some of the worst outbreaks materialized in both hemispheres, as far afield as Brazil, the U.S., and Italy.  Even in wealthier countries with advanced health systems, such...
    By ADAM GELLER and RISHABH R. JAIN, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million on Tuesday, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. “It’s not just a number. It’s human beings. It’s people we love,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan who has advised government officials on containing pandemics and lost his 84-year-old mother to COVID-19 in February. “It’s our brothers, our sisters. It’s people we know,” he added. “And if you don’t have that human factor right in...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported 1,397 new coronavirus cases on Monday, along with 11 more deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. That brought the total number of Texas cases since tracking of the pandemic began in March to 739,743, with a death toll of 15,533, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported. However, the true number of cases is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The health department also estimated 67,570 active cases of the virus, including 3,201 current hospital patients. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Monday night. Nirenberg reported 57,208 total COVID-19 cases and 1,130 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Monday, an increase of 63 new cases. No new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 139. City officials also reported that 220 patients are hospitalized, 86 are in the intensive care unit and 34 are on ventilators. There are 17% of staffed beds available and 75% of ventilators available. Nirenberg said...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky appears to be starting another escalation of coronavirus cases that requires an urgent response through public mask wearing to contain the virus, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. The Bluegrass State had nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases last week — the most in a single week since the pandemic began, the governor said. He warned that some people have become more casual in their response to the health crisis, which risks causing more virus cases and ultimately more deaths. His warning came on a day that many children started returning to school across the state. “Folks, we’ve been at this long enough to know what we can do to reduce the number...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Restrictions aimed at limiting spread of the coronavirus in Chicago's restaurants and bars will ease slightly this week, letting more customers dine and drink indoors. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the decision Monday as Illinois officials said 1,709 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported statewide and 13 more people have died. Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported 289,639 confirmed cases and 8,614 deaths. According to state health data, 79,765 of those cases and 2,956 deaths have been among Chicago residents. Statewide, 3.7% of the tests performed during the last seven days have been positive. In Chicago, Lightfoot said that figure is at 4.5%. The changes to Chicago's rules will let restaurants increase...
    BlazeTV host Steven Crowder will host a rally in Michigan to demand answers from the state government on how many lives COVID-19 claimed in senior care facilities. Crowder announced Monday that the first 1,000 people to attend his rally at noon ET Friday at the Michigan state Capitol in Lansing will get a "How Many Seniors?" sign. He wants to organize activists to pressure Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to release data on nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.I’ll be in Michigan Oct. 2nd, demanding answers on Gretchen Whitmer’s disastrous COVID nursing home policy. First 1… https://t.co/818z1iiJIh — Steven Crowder (@Steven Crowder)1601301947.0The COVID-19 death toll in all categories of long-term care facilities in Michigan remains a mystery....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Public health officials on Monday announced 1,709 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, as well as 13 additional confirmed deaths. The new confirmed cases reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health account for 4.2% of the new tests also announced Monday. The statewide seven-day average positivity rate in Illinois stands at 3.7%, down from 4.1% a month ago. That rate, the primary metric used to calculate the spread of the novel coronavirus, was as high as 18% during the peak of the pandemic in mid-May. Since the start of the pandemic, IDPH has reported 289,639 total coronavirus cases, including 8,614 deaths. As of Monday, 1,491 virus patients were being treated in Illinois hospitals, including 346...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan reported Monday that Black residents are no longer being disproportionately infected and killed by the coronavirus, after they accounted for a staggering 40% of deaths and 29% of cases in the early days of the pandemic. For the last two available weeks of data, African-Americans represented 10% of COVID-19 deaths and 8% of cases. They comprise about 15% of the state's population. They still account for at least 38% of confirmed and probable deaths overall, and at least 20% of cases. Some patients' race is not always reported. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II chairs a state task force that is addressing virus-related racial disparities. He credited people of color for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over the weekend, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll breached 2,000. On Monday, another seven deaths were added to the total, as 936 more cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed. The Minnesota Department of Health says that the total number of cases in the state since the start of the outbreak has reached 97,638. The death toll is at 2,015. Meanwhile, more than 87,000 people have recovered from the virus and no longer need to self-isolate. In the last 24 hours, 26 people have been hospitalized with the disease. Of those, 20 were admitted into intensive care. Since the start of the outbreak in March, nearly 1.4 million people in Minnesota have been tested...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska reported 901 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths linked to COVID-19 over the weekend. The state’s online virus tracker on Monday showed 44,063 in Nebraska have tested positive since the outbreak began, including 467 new cases on Sunday and 434 new cases on Saturday. A total of 470 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus in Nebraska. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska has risen over the past two weeks from 329 new cases per day on Sept. 13 to 399.86 new cases per day on Sunday, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking project. The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate...
    By The Associated Press Mexico City — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about Mexico’s death toll, currently at 76,430, the fourth-highest in the world. “When will the final statistics on deaths from COVID-19 be ready? Certainly, a couple of years after the first year of the pandemic,” López-Gatell said, adding that work would be left to the country’s statistics institute. Officials have acknowledged in the past that the figure is a significant undercount, because it includes only those who died after a positive test result, almost always at...
    8.25pm EDT20:25New Zealand announces new corona virus casesCharlotte Graham-McLean To the Guardian: Health officials said Monday that there were no new cases of Covit-19 in New Zealand. There are 55 active viruses in New Zealand, 28 of which are imported on return travelers from overseas, all of which rely on government-run isolation facilities. The other 27 are community-spread cases in Auckland, the largest city, and the only place in New Zealand with some Govt-19 restrictions. The Auckland cluster – which is shrinking in size – triggered the city’s second lockout, which now makes it easier. With the exception of strict border controls, the rest of New Zealand has largely returned to normal life. One is hospitalized...
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials said Sunday the state had confirmed nearly 1,400 more COVID-19 cases but no new deaths. With 1,392 newly confirmed cases brings the state's total of confirmed cases to 123,406 since the pandemic began. With no new deaths reported Sunday, Missouri has confirmed 2,063 COVID-19 related deaths. As of Sunday, 1,298,106 people had been tested for the virus, with 9.1% testing positive. And 1.125 people were hospitalized with the virus on Sunday in Missouri. Despite the continued rise in cases, Missouri's first lady, Teresa Parson, said she plans to host the Third Annual Parson Family Fall Festival Oct. 3 outside the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City. Teresa Parson and Gov. Mike Parson are...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There were 1,292 newly reported coronavirus cases in Texas on Sunday and 37 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, according to state health officials. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 735,132 coronavirus cases and 15,522 deaths, up from 733,438 and 15,485 deaths recorded as of Saturday. The true number of cases is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The health department also reported 67,234 active cases of the virus and that 652,376 have recovered while 3,217 people were hospitalized. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough...
    Loading the player... While much of the world has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, multiple nations in Africa have managed to keep the virus at bay. Now, NBC News reports that researchers are working to figure out how it is being done. According to Dr. Sam Agatre Okuonzi of Uganda’s Arua Regional Referral Hospital, things looked “very bleak” for Africa in regards to coronavirus. It was initially predicted that several countries would experience “severe devastation.” “In Uganda, it was predicted that by September, there would be 600,000 cases of COVID-19 and 30,000 deaths,” Okuonzi said. “But the reality is starkly different.” According to Johns Hopkins University, Uganda has recorded about 7,300 positive COVID-19 tests and...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer The nearly 1 million people around the world who have lost their lives to COVID-19 have left us a gift: Through desperate efforts to save their lives, scientists now better understand how to treat and prevent the disease — and millions of others may survive. Ming Wang, 71, and his wife were on a cruise from Australia, taking a break after decades of running the family’s Chinese restaurant in Papillion, Nebraska, when he was infected. In the 74 days he was hospitalized before his death in June, doctors frantically tried various experimental approaches, including enrolling him in a study of an antiviral drug that ultimately showed promise. “It was just touch and go....
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department on Saturday reported eight new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of cases to more than 1,730 since the pandemic began. The number of deaths remained at 58, a figure that has not changed since July 28. There were no reported cases of people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday. One person was hospitalized and under investigation. In total, nearly 1,600 people have recovered from the virus in Vermont, according to the health department. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Vermont
    Orlando, Pla. – The Florida Department of Health announced 2,795 new corona virus cases in the state on Saturday. The number of new cases of respiratory disease since the epidemic was first diagnosed in Florida in March brings the state total to 698,682. [TRENDING: Florida moves to phase 3 of coronavirus reopening, with restaurants at full capacity | Here’s how to track your mail-in ballot | Reward increases to $20,000 for information about shooting deaths of 3-year-old, 14-year-old] The Florida Department of Health reported 107 new deaths on Saturday. Florida’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 14,190, of which 168 residents have died in the state. Data on COVID-19-related deaths are often delayed, and health officials say it could take...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe’s coronavirus infections on the decline, schools are reopening, along with churches, bars, restaurants, airports and tourist attractions. Strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased so much that many people see no need to be cautious. With his face mask stuffed into his pocket, Omega Chibanda said he’s not worried about COVID-19. “We used to fear coronavirus, not anymore,” the 16-year-old said in the crowded Chitungwiza town on the outskirts of the capital, Harare. “That’s why I’m not even wearing a mask.” As the global death toll from COVID-19 approaches 1 million, Zimbabwe and several other African countries have not experienced...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Friday night. Nirenberg reported 54,195 total COVID-19 cases and 1,073 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Friday, an increase of 224 new cases. No new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 162. City officials also reported that 225 patients are hospitalized, 83 are in the intensive care unit and 36 are on ventilators. There are 12% of staffed beds available and 72% of ventilators available. Nirenberg...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska public health officials have confirmed 453 new cases of the coronavirus but no new deaths, according to the latest available data. The total number of known cases has reached 42,731 as of Thursday evening, according to the state's online tracking portal. Of those cases, 462 people have died since the pandemic began. Nearly 438,000 people have been tested so far. Despite the increase, the number of available hospital beds has remained stable. State officials say 33% of Nebraska's hospital beds, 27% of its intensive care unit beds and 80% of its ventilators are still available for coronavirus patients if needed. For some infected people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Public health officials announced 2,514 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Friday, along with 25 new deaths. The new cases reported Friday make up 3.6% of the 69,793 tests reported in the past 24 hours. As of Friday, the statewide seven-day average positivity rate in Illinois stands at 3.6%, down from 4.1% a month ago. That rate, the primary metric used to calculate the spread of the novel coronavirus, was as high as 18% during the peak of the pandemic in mid-May. Since the start of the pandemic, IDPH has reported a total of 283,885 coronavirus cases, including 8,563 deaths. As of Thursday night, 1,637 virus patients were being treated in Illinois hospitals, including 371...
    PHOTO VIA FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORREECTIONS/FACEBOOKFlorida has added a dozen inmate deaths from COVID-19 during the past week, with the total up to 131, according to numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Corrections. The department, which reported 119 inmate deaths on Sept. 17, also has seen steady increases in inmates and corrections workers who have tested positive for the contagious disease. As of noon Thursday, 16,207 inmates had tested positive, an increase of 10 cases from a Wednesday count. Also, 3,090 workers had tested positive, an increase of 28 from a Wednesday count. The number of reported inmate deaths jumped from 127 on Wednesday to 131 on Thursday. As of Wednesday, 18 of the deaths...
    By The Associated Press As it marched from East to West this year, the coronavirus pandemic sank economies and transformed social interactions. It shut schools and businesses, stopped the sports and entertainment industries dead in their tracks, and even brought low the Olympic Games. And it killed. Nearly 1 million deaths have been recorded worldwide to date, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University. The effects were global — but also personal. The virus changed how people socialized and shopped, worked and dressed. It changed how they cared for their loved ones and how they mourned them. It even changed the language they used. The word “hero” was employed with more frequency — and the definition expanded to include...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night. Nirenberg reported 53,971 total COVID-19 cases and 1,073 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Thursday, an increase of 177 new cases. Five new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 153. City officials also reported that 231 patients are hospitalized, 87 are in the intensive care unit and 36 are on ventilators. There are 12% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available. Bexar County will be distributing masks to business owners...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma ranks third in the U.S. in positive tests for the coronavirus and sixth in new coronavirus cases, according to the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The state had a 9.9% positivity rate last week, compared with a national average of 4.4%, and 175 new cases per 100,000 population, compared with a national average of 86 per 100,000, according to the report, dated Sept. 20 and released late Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A week ago, the state's positivity rate was 10% and it had a reported 142 new virus cases per 100,000 population. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has questioned the task force’s numbers and referred to a Johns...
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico was set to surpass 75,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as the pandemic ravages Latin American nations with large informal economies where workers have grappled with the twin threats of hunger and contagion. Mexico has the world's fourth-highest coronavirus death toll, according to a Reuters tally, behind the United States, Brazil, and India. Despite closing schools and offices six months ago, the Mexican government has struggled to contain the virus' spread. More than half of Latin America's active population have informal jobs in areas such as street commerce and domestic labor. In Mexico, working from home or strict social distancing measures can mean no income, since the welfare safety net is small. The sprawling...
    (CNN)Twenty thousand American flags have been placed on the National Mall as part of a memorial paying tribute to the more than 200,000 people nationwide who have died from the coronavirus. The installation, called a Covid Memorial Project, was put organized by a group of friends in the Washington DC area who raised money online. They then gathered volunteers to place the flags on the mall on Tuesday. Each of the 20,000 flags represents 10 American lives that have been lost to the virus this year, according to the group's GoFundMe page. "This extreme loss of life is staggering -- but was not inevitable: the President's poor handling of the virus response has led to tens of thousands of excess...
    There have been 18% more deaths in Los Angeles County this year than over the same time period in 2017, 2018 and 2019. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday that although not every death in 2020 has been related to COVID-19, the spike translates to “thousands of deaths that would not have otherwise occurred” without the virus. Ferrer said the data disproves theories that the virus is no more serious than influenza. The novel coronavirus has killed more than 6,000 people in the county. Officials announced 31 additional deaths Wednesday and 2,165 cases, totaling more than 260,200 confirmed infections. In recent weeks, officials have reported a decline in infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The daily case count...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County health officials Wednesday said they were optimistic about local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but noted that recent upticks in case numbers might reflect a Labor Day-related spike that could lead to delays in reopening plans. County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer also issued another warning to those not taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously, stating that the county has seen an 18% increase in the number of people who have died this year when compared to the same time period over the past three years. “In other words, when we compare the first seven months of 2020 to the first seven months of the past three years,...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The COVID-19 death toll keeps rising, and so does political conflict over the details of the battle against the pandemic. At a hearing today of the Senate committee overseeing public health policy, bipartisan appeals for the pursuit of a vaccine to be kept free from political pressure were punctuated by partisan outbursts, including a nasty round of heckling of Dr. Anthony Fauci by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul. Fauci and the other assembled leaders of science and health agencies all pledged to be transparent about their vaccine deliberations. But in an interview afterward with WBZ News, committee member Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) said she and others prefer to trust but verify. READ: Johnson & Johnson’s Coronavirus...
    By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Despite sharply lower coronavirus case counts, Arizona officials should not stop mandating that people wear masks in public as one Phoenix-area city did this week, an Arizona State University researcher said Wednesday. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane rescinded his city's mask mandate Monday, citing a significant drop in virus infections and hospitalizations in the past couple of months. The city imposed the requirement on June 19, two days after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey allowed cities and counties to mandate masks. Despite the decision by Scottsdale, the city is still covered by a mandate issued by Maricopa County. Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the ASU Biodesign Institute, said Lane's decision is short-sighted. “Mask-wearing...
    Indiana health officials reported 728 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths Wednesday.Indiana's statewide mask order will continue for another three weeks under a new order the Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday.The announcement came even as Holcomb has faced public discontent over coronavirus restrictions amid his reelection campaign.Holcomb said Wednesday he would be dropping most other limits on businesses and crowd sizes as of Saturday.The mask order will be extended until Oct. 17.Holcomb said those restrictions could be removed because the state has seen progress in recent weeks in slowing the coronavirus spread.His action lifts statewide capacity limits for restaurants and bars and crowd limits for social events.The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed a total of 113,337 positive...
    The mainstream media continues to focus on total coronavirus deaths, where the United States leads the way, instead of data like per capita and per reported cases, and author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson feels it's simply the latest way to stoke fear. “For six months, many big media outlets have done everything possible to attempt to spread panic about the coronavirus,” Berenson, who has been an outspoken critic of the way coronavirus is covered, told Fox News. ALEX BERENSON'S CORONAVIRUS BOOKLET HITS AMAZON AFTER ELON MUSK, OTHERS CALL OUT ONLINE RETAILER FOR 'CENSORSHIP' "In March, the crisis was ventilator shortages, which proved to be nonexistent. In May, they hyped the almost nonexistent risk Covid presents to children. Over the summer, they pretended that hospitals in the Sunbelt...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma rose by more than 1,000 for a seventh consecutive day on Wednesday and the total now surpasses 80,000, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The department reported 80,161 total cases and 970 deaths, increases of 1,089 cases and eight more deaths from Monday. The actual number of cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The department also reported 12,412 active cases and that 66,779 people have recovered. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults...
    Coronavirus deaths in the United States passed another disturbing milestone on Tuesday, with over 200,000 now dead from the virus. The latest daily update means the death toll reached the upper limit set by President Donald Trump for his administration to have done “a very good job” controlling the spread of COVID-19. As The Guardian reports, Trump said the number of deceased is “a shame,” before doubling down on blaming China for the pandemic. In March, Trump spoke at an official White House briefing and claimed a death toll between 100,000 and 200,000 would mean the government had handled the coronavirus outbreak well. As official data was released on Tuesday evening, Trump backed up his initial claim. Heading to an...
    LONDON (AP) — As the U.S. closed in on 200,000 coronavirus deaths Monday, the crisis deteriorated across Europe, with Britain working to draw up new restrictions, Spain clamping down again in Madrid and the Czech Republic replacing its health minister with an epidemiologist because of a surge of infections. The push to reimpose tough measures in Europe to beat back a scourge that had seemingly been brought under control in the spring contributed to a drop on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed nearly 510 points, or 1.8%, and the S&P 500 fell 1.2%. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a round of restrictions Tuesday to slow the spread of the disease. British Chief...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Six months after Illinois recorded its first COVID-19-related death, a South Side woman whose sister would also die days later, their brother hopes others can heed the warning his loved ones never got.The United States officially reached 200,000 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. In downtown Northbrook, a billboard counts the number of COVID-19 deaths, and now reflects a grim reality.IL reports 1,531 new coronavirus cases, 30 deaths"Two hundred thousand Americans can't be with their families and their friends and their communities," said Lee Goodman, who put the billboard up.Anthony Frieson's family is among them. His older sister Pat died on March 16, Illinois' first COVID-19-related fatality. Her sister Wanda died 10 days later, also from the virus. For the...
    (CNN)Even as the nation surpasses 200,000 Covid-19 deaths, there are still people who think the coronavirus is a hoax. Survivors of the disease and members of victims' families beg to differ and are sharing their very real experiences with the deadly disease.Ann and Marvin Robinson, a married couple in Casper, Wyoming, got the virus almost three months ago. Marvin, 73, still has shortness of breath, and both are battling fatigue. "We have friends who still believe it's a hoax. They think that it's going to go away on Election Day," Ann, 72, told CNN's Brianna Keilar on Tuesday."It's trying to convince people that the 200,000 people who have died were important," Ann said of her efforts to assure people of...
    (CNN)Hours before the US death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 200,000, President Donald Trump was again downplaying the risks of the disease. At a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday, Trump said coronavirus "affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that's what it really affects. That's it."He also doubled down on previous claims that young people are "virtually immune," this time saying "take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system." Trump briefly paused before adding, "It affects virtually nobody."Facts First: Trump continues to try to falsely narrow the types of people affected by coronavirus. For one, it's not true that the virus only affects...
    The United States has surpassed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University, just eight months after the first positive case was identified in a Washington traveler on January 21. Since the pandemic reached global attention in early March, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the nation, sickening millions and leaving countless patients hospitalized with life-threatening complications. The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus deaths and still has the most cases in the world, with over 6.8 million people sickened by the virus since January. There are more than 31 million cases worldwide and over 966,000 deaths. The lives lost were not affected at random. Because pre-existing conditions factor so heavily into virus outcomes, data continues to show...
    The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies."It is completely unfathomable that we've reached this point," said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher.The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.The number of dead in the U.S. is equivalent...
    (CNN)On Monday, with the US on the verge of reaching the solemn number of 200,000 dead from Covid-19, Donald Trump appeared on Fox News where the topic of the virus was raised. Did Trump express sympathy for the heartbreaking losses caused to families across the nation from this deadly pandemic? Nope, instead he patted himself on the back for doing what he called "a phenomenal job" in handling Covid-19, giving himself an "A+." The only criticism Trump would offer was regarding the public relations for the virus, saying in that area, "I give myself a D." He blamed the low grade on "fake news." Dean ObeidallahOn Wednesday, the number of Americans who have perished from this virus reached 200,000,...
    Joe Biden on Tuesday made repeated references to the nation crossing the 200,000 line of coronavirus deaths amid the ongoing pandemic – while the White House defended President Trump's comment at a rally that young people fare better and it 'affects virtually nobody.'  Biden tweeted out a large image of the number 200,000 with white on black, writing: 't didn’t have to be this bad.' The image contained the number of dead listed state-by-state.  '200,000 Americans have died from this virus. It’s a staggering number that’s hard to wrap your head around,' wrote former Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter as the nation crossed the threshold In another missive, Biden wrote: '200,000 Americans have died from this virus. It’s...
    By Carla K. Johnson | Associated Press The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis. “It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher, eight months after the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medical supplies. The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days. It is roughly equal to the population of Salt Lake City or Huntsville, Alabama....
    The first question White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany fielded during Tuesday’s press conference was not about the Supreme Court fight, but rather about the milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 that the United States has now reached. CNN’s Jim Acosta began by asking: “What do you say to Americans who are outraged over this and blame this administration for so many lives lost in this country?” After McEnany responded by saying that the number of dead Americans could have reached two million by now, Acosta specifically brought up the president’s most recent attempt to downplay the severity of the coronavirus. At his Monday evening rally in Ohio, the president told supporters that the virus “really affects” elderly people with...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday cited more dire predictions from medical experts when asked about the Trump administration's response to the U.S. passing the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. "As you’ve heard several doctors in the task force note from this podium, we were looking at the prospect of 2 million people potentially perishing from the coronavirus in this country," McEnany said at a press briefing when asked for her message to Americans who may be "outraged" by the administration's handling of the pandemic. "We grieve when even one life is lost," she added. "But the fact that we have come nowhere near that number is a testament to this president taking immediate action." McEnany...
    CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta asked Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany to explain some controversial comments made by President Donald Trump Monday night during a political rally in Ohio that the coronavirus — which has killed 200,000 Americans and infected nearly 7 million — “affects virtually nobody.” “It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems, and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects, that’s it,” Trump said. “You know, in some states thousands of people, nobody young. Below the age of 18, like nobody. They have a strong immune system. Who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system.” Acosta cited this before...
    Reuters September 22, 2020 0 Comments The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States exceeded 200,000 on Tuesday, by far the highest number of any nation. The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15. During the early months of the pandemic, 200,000 deaths was regarded by many as the maximum number of lives likely to be lost in the United States to the virus. “The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering and in some respects stunning,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious...
    The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher. The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing. The number of dead in the...
    The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher. The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing. The number of dead in the...
    By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher. The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread...
    The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies."It is completely unfathomable that we've reached this point," said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher.The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.The number of dead in the U.S. is equivalent...
    The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher. The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing. The number of dead in...
    Healthcare workers are carrying a coronavirus patient to an ambulance by the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York City, United States on April 21, 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The coronavirus, which was first confirmed in the United States about eight months ago, has killed more than 200,000 people across the country as U.S. officials rush to approve and manufacture a vaccine.  The U.S., which accounts for roughly 21% of all confirmed Covid-19 deaths around the world despite having only 4% of the world's population, is battling one of the deadliest outbreaks in the world. Fatalities in the U.S. have doubled over the last four months, after the virus took 100,000 lives in...
    The United States has surpassed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University, just six months after the first positive case was identified in a Washington traveler on January 21. Since the pandemic reached global attention in early March, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the nation, sickening millions and leaving countless patients hospitalized with life-threatening complications. The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus deaths and still has the most cases in the world, with over 6.8 million people sickened by the virus since January. There are more than 30.4 million cases worldwide and over 965,000 deaths. The lives lost were not affected at random. Because pre-existing conditions factor so heavily into virus outcomes, data continues to show...