San Francisco has become the poster child for how to control coronavirus cases and deaths amid the pandemic, with its residents wearing masks, businesses and schools reopening slowly and scientists and politicians working together to create public health orders.
The result of the county and city’s vigilant behavior has been the lowest death rate of any major city in the country and remarkably low cases rates considering S.F. is a densely populated city.
The number of new coronavirus cases last week was not only a record for Midland County but was double the total of new cases from one week earlier.
The 535 new cases reported by the Midland Health Department last week was 117 more than the previous high total during the pandemic (418 from July 19-25), but also was one shy of doubling the total from Oct. 11-17 (268).
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 could surpass 500,000 by February unless nearly all Americans wear face masks, researchers said on Friday, as 14 states set new records for one-day increases in infections.
The latest estimate by the widely cited University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reflects fears that cold winter weather will drive Americans indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread.
Nationwide, 76,195 new cases were reported on Thursday, according to a Reuters analysis, just shy of the single-day record high of 77,299 reported on July 16. Only India has reported more cases in a single day: 97,894, on Sept. 17.
“We are heading into a very substantial fall/winter surge,” said IHME director Chris Murray, who co-led the research.
The number of possible deaths could drop by 130,000 if 95% of Americans would cover their faces, the IHME said, echoing a recommendation by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attributed the increase in cases nationwide to the behavior of individuals, saying household gatherings have become a “major vector of disease spread.”
Asked about an assertion by President Donald Trump during Thursday night’s presidential debate that the United States is “rounding the turn” on the pandemic, Azar told CNN that Trump was trying to provide hope to Americans waiting for a vaccine.
Pennsylvania, a swing state which is expected to play a crucial role in the Nov. 3 presidential election, reported its largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began.
“Daily increases are now comparable with what we saw in April 2020,” the Pennsylvania Department of Health said in a statement issued on Friday.
Also reporting record one-day increases were the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
On Thursday, there were 916 reported fatalities in the United States, a day after the country recorded over 1,200 new deaths for the first time since August.
Also on Thursday, the number of COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals climbed to a two-month high. There are now more than 41,000 hospitalized patients with coronavirus across the country, up 34% from Oct. 1, according to a Reuters analysis.
North Dakota, with 887 new cases on both Thursday and Friday, remains the hardest-hit state, based on new cases per capita, followed by South Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters tally.
Eight states reported record numbers of COVID-19 patients in the hospital on Friday: Alaska, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming.
In Tennessee, hospitals in Nashville said they have experienced a 40% increase in
An IHME model projects that 95,000 more could die from the coronavirus from now until Jan. 1
If COVID-19 safety precautions are eased, the country could see a total death toll of 338,000 by next year
Imposing universal mask-wearing could bring the total deall toll down to 276,856
New projections for the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. were released last week by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
The projections released Oct. 15, for deaths that could occur through Jan. 1, depend on several factors.
According to the new model, the country may see more than 95,000 COVID-19 deaths from now until the start of 2021, which will bring the total death toll to 316,935. If coronavirus precautions are eased, the number may increase to more than 108,000 deaths, or a total toll of 338,735.
However, if 95% of the nation’s population adopts mask-wearing, the IHME predicts about 276,856 total deaths, which means requiring face masks could save nearly 40,000 lives.
Multiple states are experiencing a resurgence of the novel coronavirus, with health officials reporting at least 700 deaths each day. The IHME model projects that if the country begins lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the daily death toll could reach 3,460 by Jan. 1. If current measures stay in place, the model predicts 2,171 daily deaths.
If the U.S. adopts a universal mask-wearing mandate, that measure could lower the number of daily deaths to 1,019.
The IHME model also predicts that, with current measures in place, we could see more than 315,318 new infections daily, including in people not tested, by Jan. 1. Imposing mask-wearing could lower the number of daily infections to 163,925, while easing mandates would cause it to rise to over 626,500.
The U.S. reached an all-time high number of coronavirus infection in July, before it began dropping. But infections have started rising across the country again, with health officials reporting an average of 52,000 new cases daily. While many states in the Midwest and the West had relatively few cases until recent weeks, the numbers are now climbing.
Ali Mokdad, the professor who developed the model, said the data shows a cycle, where people begin changing their behavior only when cases spike in the community and return to their normal routines after the situation shows signs of improvement, NPR reported.
“We are on like a roller coaster in every location in the United States,” Mokdad said. “We bring cases down, then we let down our guard. But this is a deadly virus — you cannot give it a chance to circulate.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has reported more than 8 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 222,063 deaths as of Thursday. The Severo Ochoa hospital has created more space for coronavirus patients but healthcare workers still fear being overwhelmedPhoto: AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU
The United States reported more than 69,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the country’s total count to over 8 million reported cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The last time the U.S. reported a daily count that high was in late July as the coronavirus swept through Sun Belt states.
The surge in cases comes as infectious disease experts warn the U.S. could face a “substantial third wave” of infections this winter.
The United States reported more than 69,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily count the nation has reported since late July.
The U.S. has now reported more than 8 million Covid-19 cases and at least 218,600 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The surge in coronavirus cases comes as infectious disease experts warn the U.S. could face a “substantial third wave” of infections that will be further complicated this winter by the spread of seasonal influenza, which causes many similar symptoms to that of the coronavirus.
As colder temperatures arrive in the Northern Hemisphere, more people will spend time indoors and likely fail to follow public health guidance, which creates a greater risk for the cornoavirus’ spread compared with outdoor activities, Dr. William Schaffner, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, said.
The U.S. is averaging roughly 55,000 new coronavirus cases every day, based on a weekly average to smooth out the reporting, a more than 16% increase compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data. New cases were growing by 5% or more in 38 states as the number of infections in the Midwest continues to surge.
“We need to pay more attention to this. We seem to forget that we’re making progress, we’re doing better, and then we kind of let go and we go back again,” Dr. Carlos del Rio, a professor at the Emory University School of Medicine who specializes in infectious diseases, told CNBC on Friday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has warned for weeks that the daily number of new cases has remained “unacceptably high” heading into the end of the year. However, it’s not too late to “vigorously apply” recommended public health measures, such as wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance from others, Fauci told Johns Hopkins University on Thursday.
When the U.S. descended from its first peak in April, the number of new coronavirus cases “got stuck” around 20,000 per day, Fauci said. Ideally, the U.S. would’ve reported less than 10,000 cases every day, he said.
Then cases resurged. The number of daily new Covid-19 cases swelled to a high of nearly 70,000 cases a day before subsiding once again. However, new cases have since