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

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a group of people in a room: FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, medical personnel prone a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. The raging coronavirus pandemic has prompted Los Angeles County to impose a lockdown to prevent the caseload from spiraling into a hospital crisis but the order stops short of a full business shutdown that could cripple the holiday sale season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)


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FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, medical personnel prone a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. The raging coronavirus pandemic has prompted Los Angeles County to impose a lockdown to prevent the caseload from spiraling into a hospital crisis but the order stops short of a full business shutdown that could cripple the holiday sale season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The new order will take hold in regions where hospitals are feeling the squeeze on capacity to treat the incoming surge of Covid-19 patients. A strict stay-at home order will go into effect 48 hours after hospital intensive care unit capacity drops below 15% in one of five regions

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Alabama sets daily case record; 1 of 3 in ICU have COVID-19


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Wednesday hit a new high for the number of coronavirus cases reported in a single day and the number of patients hospitalized with the disease, health officials said as hospitals brace for an additional wave of cases in the weeks following Thanksgiving gatherings.

Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama’s state health officer, said excluding backlogged cases, the state reported more than 3,000 additional virus cases Wednesday, a new daily record. The state also reported having 1,801 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest number since the pandemic began.

“There is simply a great deal of community transmission occurring right now in most parts of Alabama. Now, more than ever, we hope that Alabamians can avoid large gatherings, wear masks in public and try to maintain a 6-foot distance from other households whenever possible,” Harris said.

One in three patients in intensive care units in the state have

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a person sitting on a bed: HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Medical staff members stand by a body bag that contains a deceased COVID-19 patient's body in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 25, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,210,000 cases, including over 21,300 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)


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HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Medical staff members stand by a body bag that contains a deceased COVID-19 patient’s body in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 25, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,210,000 cases, including over 21,300 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

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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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South Dakota and Indiana are now ranked first and second, respectively, for the highest rates of coronavirus hospitalizations per capita in the country, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

As the virus rages in South Dakota, so does the debate over the wearing of face coverings. In Rapid City, a city council meeting was held Monday to discuss a proposed mask mandate.

“It’s just a mask – wear it,” one person said at the meeting. “This is a public health crisis. I don’t know what else to say.”

“When did government get to dictate what we wear?” another person asked.

Hundreds of people who couldn’t attend the meeting shared their thoughts in online comments. In the end, the ordinance passed in a 9-1 vote and will have a second reading next Monday, CBS affiliate KELO-TV reported.

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BERLIN — Germany on Wednesday reported a record 487 new coronavirus deaths — the country’s highest daily toll since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The country’s disease control center also said 17,270 people had contracted the virus in the last 24 hours.

The country’s health minister said Tuesday that daily death numbers are way too high and reminded his compatriots that behind every single number there’s a tragedy and a human life lost. Germany has seen 17,123 people die in the pandemic,

Germany implemented a so-called “lock down light” about month ago with schools and stores remaining open. That has led to a stagnation of new infections, but the numbers have not been going down again like in other European countries which have had much stricter anti-corona measures in recent weeks.

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NC sees record COVID-19 hospitalizations for 4th day


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina hit a record-high number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients for the fourth day in a row Tuesday as positive tests continue to surge.



Roy Cooper holding a sign in front of a building: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announces an executive order of coronavirus measures March 17, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announces an executive order of coronavirus measures March 17, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources reported 2,033 people in hospitals statewide, the first time that number has crossed 2,000 since the pandemic began in March.

Also on Tuesday, DHHS said the rate of positive COVID-19 tests is now at 10.2% — more than twice the level state health officials are seeking.

North Carolina had set records for the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients for the last three days in a row, going from 1,840 to 1,966.

On Nov. 1, by contrast, that number stood at 1,140.

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L.A. County surpasses 400,000 coronavrius cases, hits record number of hospitalizations


Los Angeles County hit two new troubling milestones in the battle with COVID-19 on Monday, surpassing 400,000 cumulative coronavirus cases and breaking a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations.



a group of people walking down a street: Shoppers on Monday at Plaza Mexico, a mall in Lynwood. New restrictions limit malls to 20% capacity. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)


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Shoppers on Monday at Plaza Mexico, a mall in Lynwood. New restrictions limit malls to 20% capacity. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

The county surpassed its previous all-time high of 2,232 hospitalizations set on July 18. On Sunday, it posted a total of 2,316 people in its hospitals with confirmed coronavirus infections. The rate of increasing hospitalizations in L.A. County has been breathtaking: tripling from a total of 777 recorded on Halloween.

“The increases we’re seeing now are not sustainable. They’re not sustainable, because they’re gonna overwhelm not just our healthcare system, but the entire state’s healthcare system,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday.

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Metro area hits another new COVID record | Coronavirus




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The St. Louis region set another grim record Saturday: the rolling seven-day average of residents hospitalized with the coronavirus reached a new high of 884, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force.

The seven-day average is important because it shows an accurate trend of cases while minimizing the effect of daily fluctuations in the reported numbers.

The actual number of people in area hospitals Saturday with confirmed and suspected cases of the coronavirus was 983, up from 956 the day before.

However, the number of new patients admitted to area hospitals dropped from 108 to 88, and the rolling seven-day average of new hospital admissions also fell from 125 to 116. These numbers reflect a two-day lag in reporting, which helps to ensure accuracy.

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