Chicago’s indoor eating ban begins Friday as the United States approaches 9 million cases of COVID-19.
Nearly 80,000 new confirmed cases were reported Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, along with 994 new deaths.
Cases are rising in Los Angeles, where county health officials reported 1,745 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily number of cases since late August. In Texas, an El Paso judge ordered non-essential services shut down for two weeks starting Friday due to increasing hospitalizations.
Around the world, Japan has topped 100,000 infections, with almost a third coming from Tokyo, and India has reported a drop in the number per day after surpassing 8 million cases, just behind the United States.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States reported more than 8.9 million cases and more than 228,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: 45 million cases and 1.18 million deaths.
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Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said earlier this week that the United States needs a national mask mandate and also expressed concern that the country is ” not well placed “with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Fauci made the comment on the masks on Wednesday when talk with CNBC host Shephard Smith, who asked if it was “time” and if a national mandate was needed.
“We are doing it,” Fauci said. “I hope mayors and governors will do it locally if it is not done nationally.”
Fauci also said this week that the United States was not well positioned as COVID-19 cases continued to increase and more cases were expected during the winter and the holidays.
“We’re not in a good position,” he said in an interview Wednesday with JAMA editor-in-chief Dr. Howard Bauchner. “What bothered me so much was that we never came down to a low baseline after having had a big initial push.
CDC: Boy with COVID-19 likely led to 116 cases at Wisconsin summer camp
Boy arrived at summer camp in southeastern Wisconsin unknowingly infected with COVID-19 likely spread the virus to 116 people, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Between July 2 and August 11, an infected camper who had tested negative before arriving led to diagnoses of COVID-19 for nearly 80% of camp participants, according to the report released Thursday.
On July 28, public health officials tested almost all participants at a boys’ faith camp after a small group of children who were in close contact with the boy fell ill or tested positive. At least one confirmed case has been found in every dormitory and yurt during the outbreak, according to the report.
All illnesses were mild to moderate, and no hospitalizations or deaths occurred, the CDC said.
– Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Los Angeles County reports highest daily number of cases since late August
Los Angeles County sees spike in COVID-19 cases, health officials report 19 new deaths and 1,745 new cases Thursday, the highest number of daily cases since the end of August.
“The high number of daily cases is of great concern because, as we have seen in the past, the increase in cases is leading to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for the County of LA, in a statement. “These increases hamper our capabilities. move forward with the reopening of additional areas and the return to school of more children. ”
The news comes three days after the county arrived two grim milestones: 7,000 confirmed deaths and 300,000 infections. The health agency said Monday that it is “highly likely” that celebrations for the Lakers’ NBA Finals win contributed to an increase in cases.
IHOP could close nearly 100 restaurants nationwide amid ongoing pandemic
I JUMP could close up to 100 locations in the United States as the pandemic continues to affect restaurant activities inside the country. The creperie’s parent company, Dine Brands Global, made the announcement Thursday in its third quarter earnings report.
“Given the impact of the pandemic on the economy of individual restaurants, the company is evaluating the viability of highly underperforming national IHOP restaurants,” the report read. The closures will take place over the next six months.
Applebee’s, also owned by Dine Brands Global, will close about 15 restaurants before the end of the year.
– Coral Murphy
Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19
Trevor Lawrence, No.1-ranked Clemson Tigers junior quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite, will not play in Saturday’s game against Boston College. after testing positive for COVID-19.
“Trevor has authorized us tonight to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a press release. “He’s doing fine with mild symptoms but won’t be available for this game of the week against Boston College.
The Tigers are due to play at Notre-Dame one week from Saturday.
– Steve Gardner
El Paso, Texas orders 2-week shutdown amid COVID-19 surge
A judge in El Paso County, Texas ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential services from midnight Friday due to increasing hospitalizations linked to the COVID-19 crisis.
Voting is continuing and polls will remain open for the next election as voting is an essential service, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said on Thursday. Hospitals are at full capacity, medical staff are overwhelmed and closure is needed as the virus spreads, the judge said.
“There seems to be a shadow over us because of the numbers as they are,” Samaniego said, adding that new infections have continued to rise in recent days.
El Paso continued to reach unprecedented levels in the outbreak with record numbers of active cases, hospital patients, intensive care and skyrocketing positivity rates. Public health officials on Thursday morning reported a record 14,359 known active cases, 934 people hospitalized, 245 in intensive care and a seven-day moving average positivity rate of 17.24%.
– Daniel Borunda and Vic Kolenc, El Paso Times
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