California gloom: Virus cases spiral, new closures imminent


Newsom’s latest effort to keep people from gathering with others from outside their households divides the state into five regions and links business closures and travel restrictions to hospital ICU capacity. When a region has fewer than 15% of its ICU beds available, new restrictions are imposed.

Newsom said four regions — all but the San Francisco Bay area — could meet that threshold “within a day or two.” A litany of changes would take effect, including closing hair salons, barber shops and movie theaters. Restaurants may only serve takeout and delivery, and playgrounds will be off-limits.

Retailers and shopping centers would have to limit stores to 20% capacity during the busy holiday shopping

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Alabama adds 3,531 COVID cases Thursday, positivity rate now among highest in the nation


The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 3,531 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the third consecutive day at least 3,000 cases have been added in a 24-hour period. Before this week, that had only happened once.

The high numbers on Tuesday and Wednesday included some backlogged cases from the Thanksgiving holiday, but Thursday’s total doesn’t seem to include older test results. If there are no old cases, Thursday’s total would be the highest the state has ever seen in a day without a backlog.

And the state is still breaking records for current virus hospitalizations – it reported more than 1,800 current virus inpatients for the first time ever on Wednesday. And Alabama’s 7-day positivity rate remains one of the highest in the nation.

Thursday’s high case count does come with more testing, as well. The state reported more than 12,400 tests Thursday, the highest daily total since Nov. 19.

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Virus cases spiral, new closures imminent


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging at a record pace, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stay-at-home order Thursday and said if people don’t comply the state’s hospitals will be overwhelmed with infected patients.

Newsom’s latest effort to keep people from gathering with others from outside their households divides the state into five regions and links business closures and travel restrictions to hospital ICU capacity. When a region has fewer than 15% of its ICU beds available, new restrictions are imposed.

Newsom said four regions — all but the San Francisco Bay area — could meet that threshold “within a day or two.” A litany of changes would take effect, including closing hair salons, barber shops and movie theaters. Restaurants may only serve takeout and delivery, and playgrounds will be off-limits.

Retailers and shopping centers would have to limit stores to 20% capacity during the busy holiday

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U.S. Records Highest Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Yet as it Tops 14 Million Cases | National News


Wednesday’s daily death toll from the coronavirus was the highest reported so far during the pandemic, but it is a record that could be broken again as the U.S. shows no sign of slowing its outbreak.

More than 2,800 deaths were reported, according to Johns Hopkins University. The previous highest death toll was recorded in mid-April.

The Midwest region is reporting the highest seven-day average for deaths. South Dakota, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are seeing some of the highest daily death rates per capita.

While data could be catching up from a holiday lag over Thanksgiving, experts predict the outbreak will get worse in the coming weeks. Transmission that happened over the holiday could start showing up in the data during the second week of December, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

World Braces For Another Wave of Coronavirus

TOPSHOT - A resident (L) of the Domenico Sartor nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice, hugs her visiting daughter on November 11, 2020 through a plastic screen in a so-called "Hug Room" amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - The Hug Room allows guests and their families to embrace each other, while remaining separate and protected from the contagious disease, still guaranteeing physical contact for mental and emotional wellbeing. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)

In the coming weeks, the daily death toll is

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Alabama adds nearly 4,000 COVID cases, breaks single day record following latest backlog


Alabama added a record 3,928 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, but the Alabama Department of Public Health reports 706 of those are old. But even without those old cases, the state added more than 3,000 cases overnight – a number that would have been a record for new cases in a day without a backlog.

It’s the second consecutive day the state has included older cases in its daily update, something that happens when one of the many labs throughout the state is late in sharing its numbers with ADPH. Wednesday’s backlog includes confirmed cases from between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29.

For reference, Alabama was shattering records for 7-day average at that time, and it now seems even those high numbers may have been artificially low.

The consecutive backlogs have shot the state’s 7-day average for new cases through the roof – the number now stands at 2,501 new

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Covid cases and deaths in nursing homes are getting worse


Sr. Jeanne Arsenault returns to her room after breakfast at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence, a home for Catholic nuns in Marlborough, MA on August 26, 2020. Arsenault fell ill to COVID-19 during the outbreak.

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The coronavirus death toll at U.S. nursing homes at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic was brutal and unrelenting.

The Life Care Center nursing home outside Seattle made international headlines in March after the coronavirus infected residents and staff, resulting in at least 123 cases and dozens of deaths. In New Jersey, public officials discovered 17 bodies piled into a makeshift morgue in a nursing home in April when Covid-19 fatalities overwhelmed the facility.

Nursing homes, which house the most vulnerable of society, quickly became ground zero for countless coronavirus outbreaks across the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic. While the outbreak subsided somewhat this

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White House warns COVID-19 cases at dire levels, says patient care could be compromised


The White House coronavirus task force is issuing a dire warning to states, writing that given the already rampant spread of the virus across the U.S., a further surge in cases following Thanksgiving threatens to overwhelm the health care system and compromise patient care.

“We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity; a further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care, as well as medical care overall,” reads the White House report sent to states and obtained by The Hill.

The report includes a series of urgent warnings, a stark contrast to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King’s attorney believes they’re close to getting pardon from Trump MORE himself, who has been largely quiet on the coronavirus crisis recently

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California stay-at-home order looms as COVID-19 cases explode




a group of people walking down the street talking on a cell phone: People wait in line Tuesday at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in San Fernando. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


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People wait in line Tuesday at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in San Fernando. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

California hit reached another troubling COVID-19 milestone Tuesday, averaging 14,120 cases per day with more than 8,200 hospitalized — both new records.

The continues surge is putting more pressure on state and local officials to take more aggressive action to slow the spread before it overwhelms hospitals. Los Angeles County, which has been particularly hard hit, reported more than 7,500 new cases — the most in a single day. Projections suggest L.A. County could reach 9,000 cases by next week.

Officials have said they would consider a restrictive stay-at-home order if cases kept rising, which is now expected because the Thanksgiving weekend likely spread the virus even more.

What are the options?

It’s possible such an order would

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Alabama adds nearly 3,400 COVID cases on Tuesday, as state reports holiday backlog


The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 3,376 new coronavirus cases and 60 virus deaths on Tuesday, but some of those cases and deaths are old.

“Case counts and deaths reported on today’s update are high,” a notice posted to the ADPH coronavirus dashboard Tuesday reads. “Today’s increase represents a delay in reporting to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) due to the holiday weekend.”

The new number brings the state’s 7-day average for new reported cases to 2,291 – just one daily case short of the all-time record set on Thanksgiving Day.

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If the backlog mostly includes cases from over the weekend, it shouldn’t affect the 7-day average for the state much. If anything, it likely corrects what was an artificially low running average. The state added just 917 cases on Nov. 27, well below the current average and the first time

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Elton John calls for wider HIV testing to end new cases in England by 2030


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Singer Elton John has joined leading British HIV/AIDS charities in calling for wider HIV testing to halt new transmissions in England within a decade, amid concerns that COVID-19 has affected access to tests and medication.

FILE PHOTO: Elton John attends the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, holding the Oscar for Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”, which he won with Bernie Taupin at the 92nd Academy Awards, in West Hollywood, California, U.S. February 9, 2020. REUTERS/David McNew

To mark Worlds AIDS Day on Tuesday, England’s first HIV Commission – established by the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), National AIDS Trust (NAT) and Elton John AIDS Foundation – will publish 20 recommendations to eradicate new HIV cases by 2030.

They call for HIV testing to be standard practice for patients registering with a new doctor, undergoing routine

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