COVID-19 Third Wave In The United States

Tracking the third wave of COVID-19 in the United States in the Fall and Winter of 2020.

COVID-19 Deaths Are Over 250,000. “The United States has recorded a quarter-million Covid-19 deaths, the latest NBC News numbers showed Wednesday, and the death rate has been accelerating in recent weeks as cases have been surging across the country.” [NBC]

Unemployment Filings Hit 742,000/week. “Some 742,000 workers filed for unemployment insurance last week, an uptick of more than 30,000 compared to the previous week, the Department of Labor said Thursday.” [ABC]

CDC Recommends Against Thanksgiving Travel. “The CDC issued new guidance on Thursday advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving, warning doing so may increase the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.” [Axios]

States That Took Hands-Off Approach Hit Hardest By COVID Third Wave. “Since Covid-19 hit US shores, Republican governors in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains have largely taken a hands-off approach. The results of that strategy have been poor. When adjusted for population, no states have had more new Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths over the past seven days than North and South Dakota. The nearby states of Iowa, Wyoming, Nebraska and Idaho are not far behind.” [CNN]

States Plead For Help As Third Wave Hits. “Renewed restrictions on indoor businesses, overloaded hospitals and the coming end of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans have led governors to paint a dire picture of the months ahead unless the federal government steps in with more money and leadership to help them shore up their damaged budgets and beat back the resurgence of the coronavirus. Between now and June 2022, state and local governments could be facing a shortfall of $400 billion or more by some estimates.” [AP]

New York City Closes Schools. “New York City’s entire public school system will shut on Thursday, signaling that a second wave of the coronavirus has arrived as the city is still struggling to revive from its devastating spring, when it was a global epicenter of the pandemic.” [NY Times]

CA Governor Gavin Newsom Went To Party That Violated COVID Guidelines. “On Monday Newsom apologized for what he called ‘a bad mistake’ in attending a birthday party that broke the very rules that he has been talking about to slow the spread of the coronavirus.” [FOX 11]

900 Mayo Clinic Staffers Got COVID-19 In Two Weeks. “Over 900 Mayo Clinic staff have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, according to a Tuesday briefing by Dr. Amy Williams, dean of clinical practice. Williams said that 93 percent of staff who have contracted the virus did so in the community, and that the majority of those who contracted the virus at work did so while eating in a break room with a mask off.” [Twin Cities]

Kayleigh McEnany Attacked Thanksgiving Precautions. “White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday described state-level guidance intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus at Thanksgiving as “Orwellian,” contradicting local authorities and arguing that such proposals were un-American.” [Politico]

Study: COVID-19 Immunity May Last For Years. “Eight months after infection, most people who have recovered still have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent illness, the new data show. A slow rate of decline in the short term suggests, happily, that these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time to come.” [NY Times]

Thousands Of Doctors Are Closing Up Because of The Pandemic. “Thousands of medical practices have closed during the pandemic, according to a July survey of 3,500 doctors by the Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit group. About 8 percent of the doctors reported closing their offices in recent months, which the foundation estimated could equal some 16,000 practices. Another 4 percent said they planned to shutter within the next year.” [NY Times]

AOC Called For Paying People To Stay Home. “Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) suggested that the federal government should be sending a paycheck to Americans to get them to stay home and help stop the spread of the coronavirus. ‘To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home,’ she tweeted on Thursday.” [Mail]

Notable COVID-19 Infections

Donald Trump Jr. Tested Positive For Coronavirus. “Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump’s eldest son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a personal spokesman told CNN on Friday. “Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result,” the spokesman said.” [CNN]

Sen. Chuck Grassley Has COVID. “Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who is 87 years old, tweeted that he tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, after saying earlier he would self isolate after a possible exposure. “I’ve tested positive for coronavirus,” Grassley wrote.” [CNN]

Sen. Rick Scott Tested Positive For COVID. ““After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning,” Scott said in the statement. “I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms. I will be working from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, D.C. I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others.”” [Mediaite]

Rachel Maddow’s Partner Susan Mikula Had COVID. “Calling Mikula the “center” of her life, the TV personality said her partner had been sick for the past few weeks, “and at one point, we really thought there was a possibility that it might kill her.”” [NBC]

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