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CT Coronavirus Hospitalizations Hit Highest Level Since Mid-June

CONNECTICUT — Tuesday’s daily state coronavirus numbers brought some concern to officials as the daily positive test rate reached 2.4 percent for the first time since June. There were 320 positive tests out of 13,398 results.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations increased by 17, which brought the total to 172 currently hospitalized, which is the mos the state has had since June 18. Connecticut still has plenty of hospital capacity and only around 2 percent of beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, said state COO Josh Geballe.

New London County continues to have some infection hotspots. Groton had 21 new cases reported Tuesday, which was the most out of any town.

Connecticut reported one new coronavirus-related death Tuesday, which brought the total up to 4,533.

There were 472 confirmed coronavirus cases identified from test samples taken on Oct. 7, according to the state Department of Public Health. That is the highest single-day number since May. It should be noted that the state’s testing strategy is currently more broader-based than it was in May, including more asymptomatic testing that can identify infected people before they start showing symptoms.

The towns with the most new cases reported over the past day are:

  1. Groton: 21

  2. Hartford: 18

  3. New Britain: 16

  4. New London: 15

  5. Bristol: 14

  6. Greenwich: 14

  7. Waterbury: 14

  8. Norwich: 12

  9. West Hartford: 12

  10. Danbury: 11

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The towns with the most new cases reported over the past week are:

  1. Hartford: 185

  2. Norwich: 136

  3. New London: 122

  4. Waterbury: 107

  5. Danbury: 95

  6. Bridgeport: 83

  7. Fairfield: 78

  8. New Britain: 78

  9. New Haven: 67

  10. Norwalk: 67

This article originally appeared on the Across Connecticut Patch

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US sees highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day since August

The recent uptick in coronavirus cases across the United States has emergency physicians fearing it could represent the start of a “dreaded second wave.”



a man sitting in a car: Members of the Wisconsin National Guard test residents for Covid-19 at a temporary test facility in Milwaukee.


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Members of the Wisconsin National Guard test residents for Covid-19 at a temporary test facility in Milwaukee.

“We are all seeing increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients who are coming into our ERs, who are getting really sick, requiring hospitalization and even intensive care,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room physician and Brown University associate professor, told CNN’s Erica Hill.

“We are all deeply afraid that this is the beginning of that dreaded second wave,” she said.

The physician’s grim warning comes a day after health officials reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a day in almost two months.

A total of 57,420 new US cases were reported on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That is the most cases reported in a single day since August 14, when there were 64,601 new cases.

Friday’s surge of cases marks the third consecutive day of 50,000+ reported cases in the US, according to Johns Hopkins. The last time the US reported three consecutive days of more than 50,000 cases was also in mid-August.

So far on Saturday, there have been 16,241 new cases and 202 new deaths reported, the Johns Hopkins data shows.

The true number of coronavirus deaths in the United States is well over a quarter million, former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Saturday during CNN’s town hall, “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears.”

Frieden, who served as CDC director under President Barack Obama, said a lot of the confusion about Covid-19 mortality rates is the result of the way deaths are listed on death certificates.

“If you die from cancer, and you also have diabetes, you still died from cancer,” Frieden explained. “If you died from Covid, and you also had diabetes, you died from Covid.”

“Covid does affect older people much, much more than younger people, and many older people have lots of other health problems, so that ends up on the death certificate,” Frieden said.

US could reach 400,000 deaths by February

The US coronavirus death toll could almost double to about 400,000 by February, an influential model predicts.

The model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine, projects that daily deaths in the US will peak at about 2,300 in mid-January.

The latest forecast projects 394,693 US coronavirus deaths by February 1, 2021. The current US death toll stands at 213,954, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

For comparison, Friday’s US death toll was 990, according to Johns Hopkins.

The new projections are based on current conditions. If the US eases social distancing mandates, the number of deaths could be 502,852 by February 1, the model says.

Florida, which over the summer became the country’s hotspot, is “ripe for another large outbreak,” an infectious disease expert told CNN. Late last month, the state cleared

U.S. Reports Highest Number of New Daily Coronavirus Infections Since August

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As coronavirus infections continue to trend upwards, the U.S. is now reporting its highest amount of new daily cases in almost two months.

On Friday, at least 58,539 new cases were reported, marking the fourth consecutive day new cases in the country have topped 50,000, according to The New York Times’ database. Over the past week, there has been a nationwide average of 47,782 cases per day, a 12 percent increase from two weeks earlier.

The record for most reported cases in a single day was set on Aug. 14, when there were 64,601 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Only two states —Maine and Nebraska — are reporting a decline in cases, CNN reported.

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Wisconsin is one of several states that has continued to experience record-breaking increases. As of Thursday, the state surpassed 3,000 daily cases for the first time, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

“We’re in a crisis right now and need to immediately change our behavior to save lives,” Gov. Tony Evers said while announcing new restrictions on public gatherings this week, according to WDIO.

“This virus can affect anyone, whether you’re President of the United States, a worker, a student, a service industry worker, a small business owner, retiree, or an elected official,” Evers added. “We need everyone together to take precautions to keep our neighbors and community safe.”

Speaking to the continued surge of new cases in Utah, health officials also issued a grave warning.

“Even though this surge was college driven, as predicted it has spread to older people,” Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox wrote on Twitter. “Our hospitalization rates are surging and beginning to place a strain on our healthcare system (especially staffing). And, sadly, we are now seeing increased fatalities. The Wisconsin announcement should be a sobering reminder as Utah isn’t far behind in infection rates.”

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Amid a surge in cases all over the country, a new forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that the COVID-19 death toll could hit 233,000 by the end of the month.

“This week’s national ensemble forecast indicates an uncertain trend in new COVID-19 deaths reported over the next four weeks and predicts that 2,800 to 6,800 new deaths will likely be reported during the week ending October 31,” the CDC said on its website.

In October, so far there has been an average of 700 deaths per day, according to The New York Times’ database.

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PA Reports Highest Number Of New COVID-19 Cases In 6 Months

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania reported 1,742 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday — the highest single-day total in nearly six months.

The state has now had a total of 171,050 cases, with 81 percent of patients recovered. Also Saturday, 36 new deaths were reported. There are now 8,344 total deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

In Philadelphia, 151 new cases were reported Saturday. The city has seen more than 34,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. Significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds, are ongoing, health officials said. In total, people ages 19 to 49 make up 50 percent of the state’s total cases.

Cases in Pennsylvania have trended upward in recent days. On Friday, 1,380 cases of COVID-19 were reported —the highest single-day total since April 29. The last time there were more than 1,700 cases in Pennsylvania was April 16, data shows.

Maggi Mumma, the deputy press secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said Friday there were not any large data dumps to contribute to the recent increases in the case counts.

“With that being said, we know the majority of these increases in cases are a result of spread within the community. This highlights the importance of mitigation efforts to protect our neighbors, loved ones, coworkers and friends across the commonwealth,” she said in an email to Patch.

She added: “As we report a large increase of cases, it is a reminder to all Pennsylvanians that COVID-19 remains a threat in our communities.”

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

This article originally appeared on the Across Pennsylvania Patch

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U.S. sees highest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly two months

  • The U.S. reported more than 57,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily totals since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • New cases are surging in states across the South, East and Midwest.



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The United States reported 57,420 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, the highest daily totals since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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New cases are rising in 33 states across the South, East and Midwest. Cases continue to surge in the nation’s Great Plains region, with Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming reaching record highs for average new cases, among other states.

Coronavirus outbreaks have been on the rise in the nation’s Great Plains after they were largely concentrated first on the East Coast and then in America’s Sun Belt states. Earlier this week, North Dakota and South Dakota reported more new Covid-19 cases per capita than any other state across the nation, while Wisconsin’s outbreak showed signs of taking a “dire” turn. On Friday, the state’s hospitalizations hit record highs, according to Hopkins data.

Officials have grown increasingly concerned about rising coronavirus cases across the country as the nation enters its fall and winter seasons. Health experts have also warned that the coming flu season could further challenge the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said he’s “not comfortable” with the level of U.S. coronavirus cases, noting that it could become more difficult to deal with the virus as people increasingly move indoors during the colder months.

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Ohio reports highest one-day tally of coronavirus cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio reported a record high number of daily cases of the coronavirus on Friday as Republican Gov. Mike DeWine pleaded with residents to continue social distancing and mask wearing.

The 1,840 confirmed and probable cases tallied by the Department of Health is the most in a day since July. The daily number of cases is also well above the 21-day average of 1,119 cases.

DeWine on Thursday urged Ohioans to avoid crowded gatherings, citing the case of a wedding he said led to the coronavirus deaths of two grandfathers.

Several rural northwestern Ohio counties have among the highest rates of coronavirus cases, something DeWine noted during a trip Friday to Swanton, west of Toledo. DeWine, who lives on his family farm in Cedarville in southwestern Ohio, noted that mask compliance in his area is not great but getting better. Ohio is under a statewide mask order.

“The biggest threat to our economy is people not wearing masks,” the governor said.

Ohio has reported more than 166,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases as of Friday, including 4,994 deaths.

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US sees highest number of new coronavirus cases since August

The United States on Thursday reported more than 56,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, making it the country’s highest daily increase since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University

The increase brings the total number of U.S. cases to more than 7.6 million, with nearly 213,000 deaths. 

According to the data, Wisconsin also reached a record with more than 3,000 coronavirus cases confirmed on Thursday. The state’s department of health reported a seven-day average of 2,381 new cases. 

In a tweet Thursday evening following reports of the record increase, Wisconsin Gov. Tony EversTony EversPolice officer in fatal shooting of Alvin Cole won’t be charged; Wisconsin governor activates National Guard Overnight Health Care: Trump works from Oval Office after COVID-19 diagnosis | GOP frustrated by Trump’s messages on aid | Eli Lilly asks for emergency authorization of antibody treatment Wisconsin activates field hospital amid COVID-19 surge MORE (D) called on residents to “get back to the basics in fighting this virus,” urging everyone to “please stay home, limit gatherings and travel, and wear a mask whenever you go out so we can flatten the curve and get back on track.” 

The data also indicated increasing infections in several states, with Illinois reporting more than 3,000 new infections on Thursday for the first time in more than a month, and North Carolina recording a repeat of July peak levels at 2,400 newly confirmed cases Thursday. 

Multiple analysts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also recently reported that there could be an increase in hospitalizations across the country over the next month. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced at a press conference Thursday that coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the state reached 652, making it the highest it has been since early August, according to the Wall Street Journal. The governor said that approximately 148 people were currently in intensive care units, with 52 of these patients on ventilators. 

These rising cases across the U.S. come as several companies are racing to complete testing of potential vaccines. 

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Trump has repeatedly pledged that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready before the Nov. 3 election, despite contrasting timelines from experts, public health officials and the pharmaceutical companies.

Harris responded to Trump’s timeline in Tuesday night’s debate, saying that she would be “first in line” for a COVID-19 vaccine if public health officials said it was safe, but not if that guarantee came solely from Trump himself. 

On Thursday, the Financial Times reported new documents revealing that British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, one of a number of companies currently developing a coronavirus vaccine

Daily U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Highest Level Since Mid-August

New coronavirus cases in the U.S. continued to climb, driven by renewed outbreaks in several states, as the nation’s total number of cases topped 7.6 million.

The U.S. reported more than 56,000 new cases for Thursday, the highest daily total since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country’s death toll neared 213,000.

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  • The U.S. added more than 56,000 coronavirus cases.
  • Total cases in the U.S. climbed past 7.6 million.
  • Wisconsin cases hit single-day record.

Wisconsin reported another record on Thursday, with more than 3,000 new cases confirmed. The state’s seven-day average stood at 2,381, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Noting the single-day surge, Gov. Tony Evers urged people to get back to the basics of fighting the virus. “Please stay home, limit gatherings and travel, and wear a mask whenever you go out so we can flatten the curve and get back on track,” Mr. Evers wrote on Twitter.

Other states also saw increasing numbers of cases. Illinois reported more than 3,000 new cases Thursday for the first time in more than a month. In North Carolina, new cases rose by more than 2,400, similar to levels reached in July during the peak of the pandemic in the state, according to Johns Hopkins.

Daily reported Covid-19 deaths in the U.S.

Notes: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Daily reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S.

Note: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Several forecasts analyzed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, indicate there might be increases in hospitalizations across the U.S. over the next four weeks.

In New Jersey, coronavirus-related hospitalizations rose to 652, the highest level since Aug. 6, Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news conference Thursday. A total of 148 of those people were in intensive-care units and 52 of those patients were on ventilators.

New York: Schools and some businesses in parts of Brooklyn, Queens and two other counties have been shut in an attempt to curb a recent outbreak. Some community leaders say prevention efforts were insufficient and focused on the wrong neighborhoods.

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Confirmed cases by state, ranked by latest full-day count

Daily confirmed cases per 100,000 residents

Note: Trend indicates whether a state had an increase or decrease in total number of cases in the past seven days compared with previous seven days. Last updated

Sources: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering; the Lancet; Associated Press; U.S. Census

Average new daily Covid-19 cases for most recent week, per 100,000 people

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due to revised figures.

Sources: Johns Hopkins University (cases); Census Bureau (population)

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This remote county has the highest COVID case rate in Calif.: Here’s why

Two more residents of Shasta County died from the coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the county total since the start of the pandemic to 24, health officials reported. In the last week, the county has reported 302 new cases.

These numbers may be surprising in this pocket of Northern California known for vast open spaces and endless forests, but COVID-19 outbreaks across the country have shown that the virus can spiral out of control anywhere.

The spike in Shasta County is being driven by spates of cases at an evangelical school and a nursing facility in Redding, the county’s largest city (pop. 91,000).


Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding asked its entire 1,600-person student body to self-quarantine as the number of coronavirus cases among students and staff rose above 100 since classes started a month ago.

Off-campus housing has been a primary source of transmission, along with “social interactions outside of school hours.” The school does not have on-campus housing and encourages students on its website to “infiltrate the neighborhoods of Redding,” recommending 17 “revival regions in need of transformation.”

Windsor Redding Care Center has reported 17 COVID-19 deaths and more than 60 residents and health care workers have tested positive according to data from the state.

The outbreaks in these two locations are spilling into the greater community. The Record Searchlight reported Tuesday that the number of cases in county schools had reached 43, with these infections spread across 13 campuses.

The uptick in cases is impacting key metrics the state uses to determine a county’s color-coded tier status in the reopening plan that dictates which businesses and activities are allowed to reopen. Shasta’s positivity rate is now 6.9%, the highest in the state. For every 100,000 residents in the county, nearly 13 people are testing positive a day.

Shasta fell back from the orange tier to the more restrictive red tier Tuesday, placing restrictions on restaurants and requiring bars to close unless they are serving food. County officials said they expect Shasta to move into the most restrictive purple tier in coming weeks.

Going back to purple would force all dining to move outdoors and require church services, movie theaters and gyms to also only operate outside.

The state’s reopening plan sorts counties into four color-coded tiers — “purple” (widespread), “red” (substantial), “orange” (moderate) or “yellow” (minimal) — that measure the spread of COVID-19.

Counties are put in the purple tier if they are reporting more than seven cases per 100,000 residents and have a positivity rate above 8%. For a county to move into the red tier, it must report fewer than seven daily cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity under 8% for 14 consecutive days. The orange tier requires fewer than 3.9 cases per 100,000 and a test positivity under 4.9% and the yellow less than 1 case per 100,000 and lower than 2% positivity.

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L.A. County reports highest daily COVID-19 case count in 6 weeks

A shopper makes her way past a sign that thanks first responders that rests next to a "Sanitize on the Go," station to keep shoppers safe from coronavirus at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on October 7, 2020. This is the first day customers return to indoor shopping after Los Angeles County eases restrictions and have reopened the malls and the individual stores. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A shopper makes her way past a sign that thanks first responders that rests next to a “Sanitize on the Go,” station to keep shoppers safe from coronavirus at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on October 7, 2020. This is the first day customers return to indoor shopping after Los Angeles County eases restrictions and have reopened the malls and the individual stores. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported its highest count of daily COVID-19 infections since Aug. 22, highlighting the continued dangers of the virus even as more businesses are opening up.

Health officials have been warning that another coronavirus wave is possible this fall even have numbers of cases and deaths have been declining since a serious summer spike.

Los Angeles County has lagged behind other parts of California in reopening due to its continued high numbers of new cases and deaths. But on Wednesday, indoor shopping centers reopened for the first time in months, with limited capacity.

The doors swung open to disturbing news: Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced 1,645 new cases and 30 additional deaths. It’s unclear whether Wednesday’s number signifies a trend or is a one-off linked to a backlog of cases.

“While one day of a high number of cases does not indicate a trend, this is something we need to watch closely,” Ferrer said.

In recent weeks, the county has repeatedly reported less than 800 daily hospitalizations and fewer than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases. And while the average positivity rate has decreased from a summer spike and hit its lowest number since the pandemic began, officials have warned that an ongoing incremental increase in daily case counts could pose a risk of increased transmission.

The numbers underscore the delicate balancing act facing officials, who are trying to carefully reopen the economy without prevent the spike in cases that occurred in the summer. That has caused frustration among some businesses.

For example, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said theme parks like Disneyland must remain closed for now despite intense pressure to reopen.

“We’re going to be led by a health-first framework, and we’re going to be stubborn about it,” the governor told reporters. “We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger theme parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data.”

County officials reported that the state’s new health equity metric — the positivity rate of a county’s lowest quartile, used to ensure that communities disproportionately affected by the virus progress in step with the county as a whole — did not prevent the county from moving forward. The seven-day average positivity rate for L.A. County is currently 2.8%. For those in the lowest-resourced areas, the number is 4.6%. Both numbers are considered low, and would place the county in Tier 3 if not for the high daily case count.

L.A. County, like others throughout the state, will face a test of time in its ability to maintain