Trump, Biden final arguments at opposite ends on COVID-19

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher’s lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump’s attack on ‘socialized medicine’ MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump’s attack on ‘socialized medicine’ Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE are offering opposing visions of responding to the coronavirus crisis as a new wave of cases mounts just ahead of Election Day. 

Biden warned of a “dark winter” at Thursday night’s debate as new cases in the United States near a record high and hospitalizations rise again. 

Despite this worsening outlook, Trump struck an optimistic message, saying the virus is “going away” and the country is “rounding the turn.”

Biden is hammering Trump over his response to the virus, which has killed more than 220,000 Americans so far. The country is now averaging about 60,000 cases per day, a number that is rising as the weather gets colder. Hospitalizations, after falling in the late summer, are now rising again too. 

The former vice president immediately followed up the debate with a speech on responding to the pandemic on Friday. 

“He’s given up, he’s quit on you, he’s quit on your family,” Biden said of Trump. “We don’t have to be held prisoner by this administration’s failures.”

Biden and Trump diverge not just on their outlooks, but in how forcefully they would marshal the powers of the federal government. 

Biden is calling for new investments in rapid tests that can be done at home and called for a seven-fold increase in testing on Friday. Trump has repeatedly downplayed the need for more testing and blamed testing for showing the country has more cases. 

Biden says he will urge every governor to impose a mask mandate and encourages their use, while Trump has repeatedly mocked masks and rarely worn one himself. A study published in the journal Nature Medicine on Friday estimated that 130,000 lives could be saved through the end of February if everyone wore a mask. 

On Friday, Trump was surrounded in the Oval Office by dozens of people, almost all maskless, for an event on Sudan launching into new relations with Israel.

Biden is calling for “evidence-based national guidance” on when schools and businesses should open or close, depending on the level of virus circulating in an area. 

Trump, in contrast, says “we have to open our country” and has gone on the attack against Biden for being open to further lockdowns.

Pressed on that issue at the debate, Biden said, “I’m going to shut down the virus, not the country,” while leaving open the possibility of future closures of high-risk businesses like bars and gyms, places that experts have identified as significant sources of spread. 

Sensing the Republican attacks, Biden emphasized again on Friday: “I’m not

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Outbreak At NH Long-Term Care Facility Ends; Another Death: Data

CONCORD, NH — State health officials announced Thursday that a coronavirus outbreak at a long-term case facility in Windham had officially ended.

The Warde Health Center Windham was moved out of outbreak status after the discovery of three residents and two staffers who had contracted COVID-19. There are three institutional associated outbreaks that are still active in New Hampshire: The Bedford Hills Center, where 15 have died as well as 61 residents and 24 staffers were infected, the Pine Rock Manor in Warner where two people have died, 44 residents, and nine staffers have contracted the virus, and St. Teresa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Manchester, where 19 residents and five staffers caught the virus.

Officials also reported the 470th fatality due to or because of complications from COVID-19 in the Granite State — a man from who was 80 years of age or older and lived in a long-term care setting in Hillsborough County.

“We offer our sympathies to the family and friends,” the State Joint Information Center said. “In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 9,994 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 765 (8 percent) of those having been hospitalized.”

Another 82 new positive test results were found by the state after collecting nearly 9,000 polymerase chain reaction specimens Wednesday with Thursday’s numbers upgraded slightly. A little more than 400 tests are pending for a daily positivity rate of 0.8 percent.

Of the new cases, 12 were children and 56 percent were female. The state is still investigating three of the new cases with 12 cases in total still being eyed by state officials. The new cases reside in Rockingham County, 28, with 14 who live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, seven in Merrimack County, and eight in Nashua. Manchester currently has the most active cases in the state — 98, followed by Nashua (64), Bedford (55), Concord (43), and Warner (42). Portsmouth has 24, Salem has 21, Londonderry has 19, and Merrimack has 18 active cases. Windham has nine cases, Exeter and Hampton have eight, Milford has seven, North Hampton has five, and Amherst has between one and four cases.

In New Hampshire, 323,173 people have been tested via 561,032 PCR tests. Approximately 4,200 people are under public health monitoring.

Several K-12 schools have reported new COVID-19 cases. St. Paul’s School in Concord reported a second active new case; the Matthew Thornton Elementary School in Londonderry reported its second active case; and the Boscawen Elementary School and the Conway Elementary School reported their first cases Thursday. There are 65 positive test results connected to schools and school activities.

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Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

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