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Another Coronavirus Case Confirmed At School In Wallingford

WALLINGFORD, CT — Another coronavirus case has been confirmed at Parker Farms Elementary School in Wallingford, according to officials.

Officials notified families Monday that a person associated with Parker Farms tested positive for COVID-19. Health and school officials determined that the person was “not in close contact with anyone while in a school setting,” according to a message sent to parents.

Parker Farms also had a confirmed coronavirus case last Wednesday. Families were notified Sunday night that a person at James H. Moran Middle School tested positive for the virus. That person was determined to be in “close contact with one or more people while in a school setting” and one cohort at Moran was switched to distance learning for this week as a result.

“The Wallingford Public School District and Wallingford Health Department are committed to maintaining a safe environment for students and staff,” officials wrote in a message to parents. “We continue to proactively monitor illness of students and staff, apply cleaning protocols, and social distancing practices. We will continue to review the circumstances of this case and will make any necessary adjustments in our plans.”

This article originally appeared on the Wallingford Patch

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Mass. reports 827 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 15 new deaths

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases climbed by 827 on Monday, bringing the total to 141,474, the Department of Public Health reported Monday.

The death toll from confirmed cases rose by 15 to 9,532.

State officials also reported that 17,654 more people had been tested for coronavirus, bringing the total to more than 2.53 million. The number of administered tests climbed to more than 5.23 million. New antibody tests were completed for 186 people, bringing that total to 124,340.

The seven-day average of positive tests per total tests administered, was at 1.2 percent. The lowest observed figure for that metric — a number watched closely by state officials — is 0.8 percent.

The state also offers on its dashboard a different measure of test positivity: daily positive tests per people tested. That number was 2.9 percent. Some experts have suggested that positive tests per people tested is a better measure of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the three-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients dropped slightly from 499 to 494. The lowest that metric has been is 302.

The number of hospitals using surge capacity was zero, and the three-day average of deaths from confirmed cases was 18; the lowest that number has been is nine.

The number of new cases announced Monday was the highest single-day total since late May.

The seven-day average of daily coronavirus cases also climbed to 649 on Monday, the highest it’s been since late May. The average bottomed out at 138 on July 5.

Dr. Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said Massachusetts was “certainly in better shape” than many other states.

“That’s because of a very relatively cautious approach to reopening and aggressive efforts to contact trace and otherwise reduce transmission” such as by stepped-up testing in hot spots, he said in a media briefing Monday.

But Lipsitch said, “We are going to have the same challenges as everybody else.”

As the weather gets worse, he said, it will be harder to socialize outdoors and people will be driven indoors. People are also getting weary of pandemic restrictions.

He said, “All of these things are real and understandable . . . It’s just that they will lead to more virus transmission.”

Governor Charlie Baker has acknowledged an increase in cases, but has said the state is prepared to deal with them.

The latest data from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which is looking for traces of the virus in wastewater at the Deer Island treatment plant, also adds to a picture of a state that got the virus under control over the summer but has seen it creeping back upward since.

This chart shows the results of tests looking for traces of coronavirus in the wastewater at the Deer Island treatment plant.
This chart shows the results of tests looking for traces of coronavirus in the wastewater at the Deer Island treatment plant.MWRA

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World Struggles as Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 40 Million | World News

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer

LONDON (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world.

The milestone was hit Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University, which collates reports from around the world.

The actual worldwide tally of COVID-19 cases is likely to be far higher, as testing has been uneven or limited, many people have had no symptoms and some governments have concealed the true number of cases. To date, more than 1.1 million confirmed virus deaths have been reported, although experts also believe that number is an undercount.

The U.S., India and Brazil are reporting by far the highest numbers of cases — 8.1 million, 7.5 million and 5.2 million respectively — although the global increase in recent weeks has been driven by a surge in Europe, which has seen over 240,000 confirmed virus deaths in the pandemic so far.

In the U.S., some states are trying more targeted measures as cases continue to rise across the country. New York’s new round of virus shutdowns zeroes in on individual neighborhoods, closing schools and businesses in hot spots measuring just a couple of square miles.

As of last week, new cases per day were on the rise in 44 U.S. states, with many of the biggest surges in the Midwest and Great Plains, where resistance to wearing masks and taking other precautions has been running high and the virus has often been seen as just a big-city problem. Deaths per day were climbing in 30 states.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, said Americans should think hard about whether to hold Thanksgiving gatherings next month.

The World Health Organization said last week that Europe had a reported a record weekly high of nearly 700,000 cases and said the region was responsible for about a third of cases globally. Britain, France, Russia and Spain account for about half of all new cases in the region, and countries like Belgium and the Czech Republic are facing more intense outbreaks now than they did in the spring.

WHO said the new measures being taken across Europe are “absolutely essential” in stopping COVID-19 from overwhelming its hospitals. Those include new requirements on mask-wearing in Italy and Switzerland, closing schools in Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic, closing restaurants and bars in Belgium, implementing a 9 p.m. curfew in France and having targeted limited lockdowns in parts of the U.K.

The agency said several European cities could soon see their intensive care units overwhelmed and warned that governments and citizens should take all necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus, including bolstering testing and contact tracing, wearing face masks and following social distancing measures.

WHO has previously estimated about 1 in 10 of the world’s population — about 780 million people —

Dallas County reports 554 more confirmed coronavirus cases, 3 deaths; Tarrant logs 501 new cases

Updated at 4:06 p.m.: revised to include cases from Collin County.

Dallas County reported 554 more confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday including 516 which the county considers new and 38 from previous months. Three new COVID-19 deaths were also reported.

Labs either report coronavirus cases directly to the county health department or to the state health department, which then relays the information to individual counties. Of cases reported Sunday, Dallas County health officials said 390 came from the state’s reporting system, including one from June, five from July, 26 from August, six from September and 352 from October. The remaining 164 cases were reported directly to the county health department.

The latest victims included a Garland woman in her 30s who died on an “interstate airline flight,” according to the county. A spokeswoman said she couldn’t release further details about the case, citing the need to protect the woman’s medical privacy.

The remaining victims were a Glenn Heights woman in her 50s and a Dallas man in his 50s who had each been hospitalized. All three had underlying high-risk health conditions.

An electron microscope image of the novel coronavirus.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 89,987. The county’s confirmed death toll stands at 1,085.

Additionally, Dallas County reported 38 probable cases Sunday, bringing the total number of probable cases to 4,580. The county has also reported 13 probable COVID-19 deaths.

Probable cases and deaths include people who had a positive antigen test (sometimes called rapid tests); had antibodies for the virus; or had COVID-19 symptoms and contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials use hospitalizations, intensive-care admissions and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. The county said it would next provide hospitalization data on Tuesday.

Doctors look at a lung CT image at a hospital in Xiaogan,China.

The county reported that between Oct. 4 and 10, 390 school-age children tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 32% from the previous reporting period.

More than two-thirds of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization so far have been in people under 65, and diabetes has been an underlying condition in about a third of all hospitalized patients, according to the county.

The county’s provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases for the latest reporting period, Oct. 4 to 10, was 453, an increase from the previous reporting period’s average of 383. The figure is calculated by the date of the COVID-19 test collection, according to the county.

Dallas County doesn’t provide a positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests conducted in the area; county health officials have said they don’t have an accurate count of how many tests are conducted each day. But as of the county’s most recent reporting period, 12.6% of people who showed up at hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for