U.S. is still missing eight coronavirus infections for every one counted, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the United States is still missing nearly eight coronavirus infections for every one counted. 

Daily US deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday hit 2,284, the highest since May 7, according to data from The Covid Tracking Project.

It is the second day running that more than 2,000 people have died. 

The number of people hospitalized on Wednesday reached a single day record of 89,954, the 16th day of record hospitalizations; the seven day average is 84,840. 

A new government report calculates that by the end of September as many as 53 million Americans had actually been infected. That is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time. Previously, the CDC estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed.

The latest CDC calculation is meant to give a more accurate picture of how many people actually have caught the virus since the pandemic began. Of the 53 million estimated infections, the CDC says about 45 million were sick at some point and about 2.4 million were hospitalized. 

The number of people testing positive Wednesday hit 182,573; the seven day average stands at 172,081. Both California and Texas recorded their highest single-day case count to date.

Around 1.7 million people were tested Wednesday. The US currently leads the world with the highest number of deaths and cases with the death toll surpassing 261,000 and infections nationwide topped 12.7 million.

It came as former White House medical team adviser Dr Jonathan Reiner warned that Thanksgiving would lead to a massive surge in cases.

‘It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,’ Reiner told CNN. 

Daily US deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday hit 2,284, the highest since May 7 data from The Covid Tracking Project show; it was the second day running more than 2,000 people have died. The number of people hospitalized on Wednesday reached a single day record of 89,954, the 16th day of record hospitalizations; the seven day average is 84,840

Daily US deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday hit 2,284, the highest since May 7 data from The Covid Tracking Project show; it was the second day running more than 2,000 people have died. The number of people hospitalized on Wednesday reached a single day record of 89,954, the 16th day of record hospitalizations; the seven day average is 84,840

California and Texas both recorded their highest single-day case count to date. A new government report calculates that by the end of September as many as 53 million Americans had actually been infected. That is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time. Previously, the CDC estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed

California and Texas both recorded their highest single-day case count to date. A new government report calculates that by the end of September as many as 53 million Americans had actually been infected. That is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time. Previously, the CDC estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed

The daily death toll across the country spiked to 2,146 Tuesday, which had been the highest since May 8

The daily death toll across the country spiked to 2,146 Tuesday, which had been the highest since May 8

Nine states, including North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maine and Alaska, reported record numbers of deaths Tuesday.

The US has repeatedly set daily records for the number of hospitalizations for the past month and 30 of the 50 states have reported a record number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations in November alone. 

Dr Anthony Fauci has already warned that the true impact of Thanksgiving travel and gatherings won’t be seen for another three weeks when infections and hospitalizations could surge even higher.  

Nine states, including North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Indiana , Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maine and Alaska , reported record numbers of deaths Tuesday. The US currently leads the world with the highest number of deaths and cases with the death toll surpassing 261,000 and infections nationwide topped 12.7 million

Nine states, including North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Indiana , Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maine and Alaska , reported record numbers of deaths Tuesday. The US currently leads the world with the highest number of deaths and cases with the death toll surpassing 261,000 and infections nationwide topped 12.7 million

The number of people testing positive Wednesday hit 182,573; the seven day average stands at 172,081

The number of people testing positive Wednesday hit 182,573; the seven day average stands at 172,081

Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just one day after the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel. By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures. 

In Missouri the state’s two largest metropolitan areas are cracking down on restaurants that violate rules designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Kansas City´s authorities found two dozen bars and restaurants in violation of the city´s new pandemic restrictions after a weekend sweep of 185 establishments. Previously, the city relied primarily on complaints to enforce the rules. The new rules limit bars and restaurants to 50 percent capacity and require closing by 10 p.m..

Meanwhile, officials in St. Louis County have sent certified letters to three dozen bars and businesses ordering them to cease indoor service or face lawsuits or criminal charges. 

Medical staff members close the zipper of a body bag that contains a deceased COVID-19 patient's body in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Monday in Houston, Texas

Medical staff members close the zipper of a body bag that contains a deceased COVID-19 patient’s body in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Monday in Houston, Texas

Texas has reached over 1,210,000 cases, including over 21,300 deaths, data released Wednesday shows

Texas has reached over 1,210,000 cases, including over 21,300 deaths, data released Wednesday shows 

Officials in Anchorage, Alaska, are imposing new pandemic restrictions for December that will prohibit bars and restaurants from offering indoor service, require employers to allow people to work from home if possible and limit many businesses to 25 per cent capacity.

Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said Wednesday that the rules are needed to deal with increasing coronavirus infections in Anchorage, which is Alaska´s biggest city. The rules take effect Tuesday and run through Jan. 1.

As of Wednesday, the city has recorded 15,100 coronavirus cases. Of those, 2,115 were reported in the last week. The city has had 66 deaths from COVID.19.

And in Oregon its governor says bars and restaurants can reopen for limited outdoor service next week but many restrictions will remain in place until a vaccine against the coronavirus is widely available.

In making the announcement Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown urged Oregonians to stay safe during the Thanksgiving holiday and protect others by not ignoring safety protocols, like wearing masks and limiting personal contacts.

The revamped pandemic restrictions take effect when the current two-week ‘freeze’ expires December 3. Currently, only take-out restaurant service is allowed. The restaurant industry pushed hard against the restrictions as several eateries closed for good and others were at risk of doing so.

In Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, but has only minor symptoms. Gordon said Wednesday that he plans to continue working remotely.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday that public schools will be allowed to offer in-school quarantines for students exposed to the virus. Schools in Mustang became the first in the state to adopt the policy, the department said.

Officials in Santa Clara County, California, said they will ramp up enforcement of state health orders during the holiday weekend to make sure businesses follow the permitted capacity, employees and customers wear masks at all times and social distance guidelines are being followed.

The county recorded its highest individual new case count for a day and has only 68 available ICU beds, testing officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib said Wednesday, surpassing any levels hit during the peak of the summer surge. 

‘We are really, really concerned,’ Fenstersheib said. ‘All of the metrics that we have been following, that have done well in previous months, are now going up very steeply.’ 

Travelers wearing protective masks check in at a United Airlines Holdings Inc. check in area at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday. Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday - just one day after the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel

Travelers wearing protective masks check in at a United Airlines Holdings Inc. check in area at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday. Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just one day after the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel

People wait in line at a TSA security checkpoint at Orlando International Airport on Thanksgiving eve Wednesday. By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures

People wait in line at a TSA security checkpoint at Orlando International Airport on Thanksgiving eve Wednesday. By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures

Los Angeles has begun to require travelers arriving to by airplane or train to sign a form acknowledging California´s recommended two-week self-quarantine in response to surging coronavirus cases. 

In Utah an increased number of hospitalizations across the state has prompted doctors and public health officials to advise against attending Thanksgiving gatherings with people outside their immediate households. 

And in New Jersey´s largest city, officials are urging residents to shelter in place for the next 10 days to quell a resurgence of the new coronavirus.

The test positivity rate has soared to around 40 percent in Newark´s Ironbound, the epicenter of the city´s nightlife and the heart of the Spanish and Portuguese community. That has prompted Mayor Ras Baraka to impose a curfew and use police checkpoints to restrict access to residents and those conducting essential business.   

source: dailymail.co.uk

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