Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Infections, Deaths, Hospitalizations All Hit Record Highs

By Adam Martin

Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. hit a record high, as did deaths reported in a day, as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passed 1.5 million.

Hospitalizations also hit a record, with 100,667 people in the U.S. admitted as of Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Of those, a record 19,442 people were in intensive care.

The country reported 217,664 new cases on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, up from 200,055 on Wednesday, and surpassing the previous record of 205,557 set Friday last week.

Newly reported deaths also surged Thursday, to 2,879, according to Johns Hopkins data, the second daily record in a row. The U.S. reported 2,804 deaths on Wednesday.

Nationally, more than 14 million have been infected and more than 276,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. World-wide, more than 65.2 million people have been

Read More

New coronavirus cases reach highs in 31 states

This interactive demonstrates the current moment more effectively than can words.


March 1 SURGE 1

If you flip to the display showing cases as a function of population, you can see the third surge originating in the Dakotas in mid-September, about a month after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

The good news for now is that deaths, which trail new infections by about two weeks, are still rising only modestly. The bad news is that Iowa, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin are all seeing more deaths per day on average than at any previous point in the pandemic.

Since August, the average number of deaths each day has consistently represented about 1.7 percent of the number of

Read More

Why Planet Fitness Stock Just Spiked and Is Approaching All-Time Highs

Why Planet Fitness Stock Just Spiked and Is Approaching All-Time Highs

© Provided by The Motley Fool
Why Planet Fitness Stock Just Spiked and Is Approaching All-Time Highs

What happened

Shares of Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) spiked on Monday morning after promising news broke regarding a coronavirus vaccine candidate. A phase 3 trail showed 90% effectiveness for preventing a novel coronavirus that’s turned our world upside down in 2020. As of 10 a.m. EST, Planet Fitness stock has spiked as much as 29% higher and has been within a couple of percentage points of all-time highs.

So what

Here’s why the vaccine news could be particularly good for Planet Fitness. The company just released results for the third quarter of 2020, and its membership has taken a big hit in recent months. At the end of the second quarter, it had 15.2 million members, down just slightly from peak membership of 15.5 million. 

A businessman rides a rocket ship expelling cash exhaust over a multi-colored bar chart.

© Getty Images
A businessman rides a rocket
Read More