Texas records highest number of total COVID-19 cases in US

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has surpassed California in recording the highest number of positive coronavirus tests in the U.S. so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation, the data from Sunday — the most recent available — says that there have been 937,317 cases in Texas, the nation’s second-largest state.

California, the most populous state, has had 936,198 cases, followed by Florida with 807,412.

The true number of cases is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

In cases per 100,000 population, Texas ranks 19th.

The Johns Hopkins data shows that Texas’ seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate has risen over the last two weeks from 7.12% to 10.72%, while the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases rose from about 4,470 new cases per day to about 6,070.

Texas health officials have reported more than 18,000 deaths so far from COVID-19.

In recent weeks new hot spots have emerged in places including the rural upper Midwest and along the U.S.-Mexico border El Paso, where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent additional medical personnel and equipment.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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Montgomery County adds 3 COVID-related deaths as total now 154

Montgomery County COVID-19 cases pushed passed 14,000 Thursday as public health officials confirmed three more deaths related to the virus.

The total number of cases is now 14,076. To date, 8,905 people have fully recovered.

According to the Montgomery County Public Health District, the county added 19 to its active case count to bring the total to 2,320. The reason for the difference in the new cases and active cases is the health district is continuing to process cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services directly by health care providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

The deaths include a Spring man in his 50s who died at home; a Montgomery man in his 70s who was hospitalized at the time of his death; and a Magnolia man in his 70s who was also hospitalized at the time of his death. All three men had other health conditions in addition to testing positive for COVID-19.

The three deaths bring the county’s total to 154.

As for total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, those totals increased by three to 68 with 20 of those patients in critical care beds.

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

Call the MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center at 936-523-3916 for more information.

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UCSF doctor estimates US death total if entire country acted like SF

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.

What if all Americans followed the Northern California city’s approach to the pandemic?

A lot of deaths would have been avoided, UCSF coronavirus expert Dr. Bob Wachter told the LA Times for a story on S.F.’s COVID-19 success.

“There would be 50,000 dead from the pandemic instead of more than 220,000,” Wachter told the Times.

San Francisco County (pop. 880,000) has recorded 12,152 cases and 140 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with roughly 1,373 cases and 16 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to Johns Hopkins University. By comparison, Los Angeles County (pop. 10 million) has recorded 299,760 cases and 6,993 deaths, with 2,966 cases and 69 deaths per 100,0000; New York County (Manhattan, pop. 1.6 million) falls in at 33,128 total cases and a death toll of 2,545, with 2,034 cases and 156 deaths per 100,000.

Because of its low case and death rates, San Francisco is the first urban center in California to see viral transmission reach the “minimal,” or yellow, tier in the state’s reopening plan. Several rural counties with small populations, such as Shasta and Mendocino counties, are in the most-restrictive purple tier due to widespread infection, requiring many businesses and activities to close.

While many other major U.S. cities such as New York experienced terrifying periods with skyrocketing cases that filled hospital beds beyond capacity, San Francisco has kept its number of cases relatively low, with some ups and downs, yet no major surge that overwhelmed the city’s health care system and impacted its ability to provide optimal care.

“The low case rate is a result of people acting well, and acting well is everything from city health leaders doing the right thing to the people doing the right thing,” Wachter, chair of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, told SFGATE for a previous story on the city’s low death rate. “We have very high rates of mask-wearing, probably the highest in the country. I think from the beginning people have trusted the science, trusted the guidance. You don’t hear in S.F. that COVID is a hoax. People have generally taken this very seriously and I think the leadership from the mayor and the regional health directors has been terrific.”

In April, Wachter sent a team of UCSF doctors to New York to help during the height of the East Coast city’s pandemic and his colleagues told “horror stories about what they saw in good hospitals.”

“At UCSF, you’ll have one nurse taking care of you,” he said. “In Queens, at the height of things, it was one nurse to seven or eight

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Number of new cases last week double previous week’s total

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).

Statistics also showed this past week’s increase was the fifth increase in weekly cases in six weeks (since Sept. 6-12, when health department officials reported 79 cases in one week – a low during the summer).

The case count in Midland County last week also was noteworthy as it represented the first time during the pandemic that there were 100 or more cases during all five reporting days.

The health department also reported 1,783 active cases (an increase of 308 week over week) and 2,854 recoveries (an increase of 208). There were four COVID-19-related deaths reported last week – including two on Saturday. The number of deaths last week was one more death than the previous week.

The deaths reported on Saturday bring the total during the pandemic to 92.

The 91st patient is a man in his 70s who had underlying health conditions and was being treated at Midland Memorial Hospital. He died Friday.

The 92nd patient is a man in his 80s who had underlying health conditions and was being treated at MMH. He died Saturday.

Most cases in a week

Oct. 19-22        535

July 19-25         418

Aug. 2-8           414

July 26-Aug. 1  372

Coronavirus report

Monday: 106

Tuesday: 116

Wednesday: 105

Thursday: 104

Friday 104

By weeks

March 15-21     3

March 22-28     8

March 29-April 4          13

April 5-11         8

April 12-18       10

April 19-25       29

April 26-May 2 13

May 3-9            17

May 10-16        19

May 17-23        4

May 24-30        5

May 31-June 6  26

June 7-June 13  46

June 14-20        121

June 21-27        241

June 28-July 4   209

July 5-11          335

July 12-18         283

July 19-25         418

July 26-Aug. 1  372

Aug. 2-8           414

Aug. 9-15         297

Aug. 16-22       194

Aug. 23-29       157

Aug. 30-Sept. 5 123

Sept. 6-12         79

Sept. 13-19       110

Sept. 20-26       156

Sept. 27-Oct. 3  236

Oct. 4-10          233

Oct. 11-17        268

Oct. 18-24           535

Total number of deaths

By weeks

July 5-11          4

July 12-18         6

July 19-25         10

July 26-Aug. 1  7

Aug. 2-8           7

Aug. 9-15         4

Aug. 16-22       9

Aug. 23-29       5

Aug. 30-Sept. 5 6

Sept. 6-12         4

Sept. 13-19       4

Sept. 20-26       2

Sept. 27-Oct. 3  2

Oct. 4-10          0

Oct. 11-17        3

Oct. 18-24        4

Source: Reporter-Telegram records

Larger West Texas counties

Last      This

Week    week

El Paso 31,478  37,263

Lubbock           14,921  16,602

Potter   7,021    7,540

Midland            4,397    4,771

Randall 4,188    4,762

Ector    3,448    3,660

Tom Green       2,452    2,558

Taylor  1,718    1,841


Howard 1,011    1,058

Scurry  951       1,035

Dawson            697                   787

Andrews           547       567

Gaines  454       503

Pecos423          446

Reeves239        256

Brewster           245       246


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Total U.S. COVID-19 deaths could hit 500,000 by February, researchers say

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.

FILE PHOTO: Certified nursing assistant (CNA) Shameka Johnson, wearing NFL Green Bay Packers apparel, processes a nasal swab at a drive-thru testing site outside the Southside Health Center as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

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

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US Coronavirus Deaths Could Total 95,000 From Now Until Jan. 1, IHME Predicts


  • 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 health care workers still fear being overwhelmed The Severo Ochoa hospital has created more space for coronavirus patients but healthcare workers still fear being overwhelmed Photo: AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU

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U.S. reports highest number of new coronavirus case since late July as total climbs above 8 million

  • 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.

Melissa Leaston Director of nursing at Whittier Street Health Center swabs Steve Rose of Boston at a COVID testing site in Nubian Square on October 15, 2020 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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The United States reported more than 69,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily count the nation has reported since late July.


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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.


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“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

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