‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow


Nearly 37,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in November, the most in any month since the dark early days of the pandemic, engulfing families in grief, filling newspaper obituary pages and testing the capacity of morgues, funeral homes and hospitals.

Amid the resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to handle an influx of patients that is pushing health care systems — and their workers — to the breaking point. Hospitals are bringing in mobile morgues. And funerals are being livestreamed or performed as drive-by affairs.

Health officials fear the crisis will be even worse in coming weeks, after many Americans ignored pleas to stay home over Thanksgiving and avoid people who don’t live with them.


“I have no doubt that we’re going to see a climbing death toll … and that’s a horrific and tragic place to be,” said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy at the Kaiser

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US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in weeks ahead


The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.

Meanwhile, in a major reversal, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said the nation’s largest school system will reopen to in-person learning and increase the number of days a week many children attend class. The announcement came just 11 days after the Democratic mayor said schools would shut down because of rising COVID-19 cases.

“We feel confident that we can keep schools safe,” he said.


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s “This Week” that the level of infection in the U.S. would not “all of a sudden turn around.”

“So clearly in the next few weeks, we’re going to have the

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Cyber Monday Deal From CAROL, an AI-Powered Exercise Bike That Helps Get Users Fit in 9 Minutes a Day in 8 Weeks


NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CAROL announces $500 off its AI-powered, HIIT exercise bike scientifically shown to help users get fit in under 9 minutes a day. The Cyber Monday deal (coupon code CM700) is available at carolfitai.com. In addition to the discount, the company is also offering a free one-year subscription and a chest belt as an added bonus.

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Every session on CAROL is personalized and two 20 second sprints mean that 3 rides a week on CAROL (as part of a full 8-minute 40-second session that includes an effortless warm up and warm down) will help

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Nearly 60,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 in the next 3 weeks. There are ways to turn things around, experts say


America enters the somber holiday weekend following a Thanksgiving Day that saw more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases and 1,200 deaths — skyrocketing numbers given that 20 states did not report data.



a teddy bear wearing a blue shirt: Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ICU during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston.


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Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ICU during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston.

Traditionally the start of a time of shopping and giving, the final days of November have seen record highs in the worsening pandemic — surpassing previous surges and showing no signs of slowing down in the precarious winter months.

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The US on Thursday marked the 24th day in a row with more than 100,000 new cases. Hospitalizations hit a new high — for the 17th consecutive day — with more than 90,400 Covid-19 patients nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

The country’s death toll since the pandemic’s start is

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A U.S. record: Two weeks, two million virus cases.


For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak hit the United States, the country has added more than one million cases in each of the past two weeks. Covid deaths, which lag reported cases by weeks, are also at a level not seen since the spring.

Some epidemiologists project that the number of deaths in the coming weeks could exceed the spring peak, even though treatments have improved.

In the past week, the United States added an average of 173,000 new daily cases. If this growth pattern holds, the total number of cases reported for the full month of November is likely to hit 4.5 million. That would be more than double the number of any previous month.

With several days still left in the month, about 3.3 million people in the United States had already tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday.

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Fauci says he’s worried about what coronavirus case numbers will be 3 weeks after Thanksgiving


Dr. Anthony Fauci’s final pre-Thanksgiving plea is to keep any indoor holiday gatherings as small as possible as the country endures record numbers of Covid-19 hospitalizations and daily cases, he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.



a box truck that is sitting on the ground: A medical worker wheels the remains of a COVID-19 victim to a mobile morgue at the El Paso County Office of Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory on Nov. 9. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego is having to use the mobile morgues and Texas National Guard personnel to deal with a crush of local coronavirus deaths.  Syndication El Paso Times


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A medical worker wheels the remains of a COVID-19 victim to a mobile morgue at the El Paso County Office of Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory on Nov. 9. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego is having to use the mobile morgues and Texas National Guard personnel to deal with a crush of local coronavirus deaths. Syndication El Paso Times

With the US seeing unprecedented numbers of recorded infections now, he’s worried about how much the virus will spread in holiday celebrations — and what the pandemic will look like in three weeks when those new infections will have manifested.

“What we don’t want to see is yet

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U.S. aims to send out 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in coming weeks


Nov. 25 (UPI) — More than 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses will be allocated to states and could begin distribution early next month, U.S. health officials say.

A Food and Drug Administration panel overseeing vaccines is set to meet in two weeks to consider granting emergency authorization to the potential vaccine under joint development by Pfizer and BioNTech — which has proven in clinical trials to be 95% effective.

“If all goes well, we could be distributing a vaccine soon after Dec. 10,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters Tuesday.

Azar said 6.4 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed to states and territories based on population size rather than the number of people in high-risk groups, as was recommended by government health experts.

“We wanted to keep this simple,” Azar said. “We thought it would be the fairest approach, and the most consistent.”

Once the

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Hospitalizations and Covid-19 cases soar as country enters one of the busiest travel weeks of the year




a group of people standing in front of a store: Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. - Current US numbers -- more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported -- have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)


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Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. – Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

From surging case numbers to record hospitalizations, the US is grappling with what experts long warned could be the biggest spike in the Covid-19 pandemic — and it still has to get through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Historically, the week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for travel. But with the US reporting its 20th day in a row of more than 100,000 new cases Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against

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5 US agencies tell employees they can get shots in 8 weeks


Five federal agencies have started telling employees they could receive Pfizer or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine in as little as eight weeks as the U.S. prepares to distribute the potentially life-saving doses across the country, according to a person with first-hand knowledge of the plan.

Essential federal workers would be among the first group of Americans to get inoculated against the coronavirus after the nation’s health-care workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s vaccination program “interim playbook.” The plan lists essential workers, along with the elderly and other highly vulnerable groups, in the first phase of its vaccine distribution plan, which hasn’t been finalized yet and could change.

Diplomats at the State Department who are 70 and older or otherwise in a vulnerable population group might qualify for early vaccination, said the person, who asked not to be named because neither companies’ vaccines have been authorized and the distribution plans

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More than 50 private and public schools faced outbreaks in recent weeks


The details come as a growing number of schools nationally are retreating from on-campus instruction. In the Maryland suburbs, Montgomery County’s public health chief urged the same shift for private schools, citing a sharp surge in coronavirus cases.

“The risk of covid-19 spreading in a school is directly related to the level of covid-19 spread in the community and safety measures in schools,” wrote Travis Gayles, Montgomery’s health officer, in a letter Thursday night to more than 200 private schools.

Gayles asked schools to consider a return to full remote instruction until the case rate — 29.3 per 100,000 residents Friday — falls below 15 per 100,000 residents. Schools should report their decisions to the county by Dec. 4, he said.

As schools began to weigh the idea — a recommendation, not an order — state data in Maryland and Virginia gave a snapshot of several weeks of school-associated covid-19

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