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U.S. COVID-19 cases top 50,000 for 3rd straight day

Oct. 10 (UPI) — For the third-straight day, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States topped 50,000, a level not seen since August, U.S. officials said Saturday.

Data the Johns Hopkins University global tracker showed there were 57,420 new cases and 990 deaths Friday in the United States. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has had 7.7 million confirmed cases and at least 214,000 deaths.

An updated model released Friday by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine, projects 394,693 deaths in the United States by Feb. 1. The model predicts that U.S. daily deaths will peak at 2,300 in mid-January with 116,000 hospital beds needed by Jan. 22. Daily U.S. deaths are around 1,000 this month.

Expanding the use of masks from the United States’ current rate of 69% to about 95% — the rate in Singapore — would save 79,000 lives between now and Feb. 1, the study predicted.

The virus is increasing in 24 states listed in the “red zone,” according to White House Coronavirus Task Force documents published Sunday and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana and Utah top the list of outbreaks.

In North Dakota, the state health department reported 4,169 active positive cases Saturday with a 14-day rolling positivity rate of 7.24%. The state health department reported that 11.3 % of staffed hospital beds were available for future patients.

In South Dakota, where Gov. Kristi Noem has resisted ordering statewide lockdowns and mask mandates, the state health department reported there were 732 new cases Friday, with the state’s positivity rate at 12.1% and an average of five deaths per day. The number of average daily positive cases in South Dakota has increased by almost 50% over the past week, The New York Times reported Saturday.

In Wisconsin, the state said 2,354 positive tests were reported Friday, with a positive testing rate of 17.6%. Eighteen deaths were recorded Friday from COVID-19.

Gov. Tony Evers issued an emergency order Tuesday mandating that public indoor gatherings not exceed occupancy rates of 25%.

“Wisconsin is now a COVID-19 hotspot,” Evers said in a statement. “Wisconsin must use all its tools, including keeping people physically apart and wearing face coverings, to slow this dangerous spike. The consequences of failing to act could be devastating and deadly.”

Scenes from the White House as coronavirus hot spot

White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern speaks to members of the White House press corps about the status of President Donald Trump’s health as he recovers from coronavirus outside of the West Wing of the White House on Wednesday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI | License Photo

U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 50,000 for 3rd straight day

Oct. 10 (UPI) — For the third-straight day, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States topped 50,000, a level not seen since August, U.S. officials said Saturday.

Data the Johns Hopkins University global tracker showed there were 57,420 new cases and 990 deaths Friday in the United States. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has had 7.7 million confirmed cases and at least 214,000 deaths.

An updated model released Friday by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine, projects 394,693 deaths in the United States by Feb. 1. The model predicts that U.S. daily deaths will peak at 2,300 in mid-January with 116,000 hospital beds needed by Jan. 22. Daily U.S. deaths are around 1,000 this month.

Expanding the use of masks from the United States’ current rate of 69% to about 95% — the rate in Singapore — would save 79,000 lives between now and Feb. 1, the study predicted.

The virus is increasing in 24 states listed in the “red zone,” according to White House Coronavirus Task Force documents published Sunday and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana and Utah top the list of outbreaks.

In North Dakota, the state health department reported 4,169 active positive cases Saturday with a 14-day rolling positivity rate of 7.24%. The state health department reported that 11.3 % of staffed hospital beds were available for future patients.

In South Dakota, where Gov. Kristi Noem has resisted ordering statewide lockdowns and mask mandates, the state health department reported there were 732 new cases Friday, with the state’s positivity rate at 12.1% and an average of five deaths per day. The number of average daily positive cases in South Dakota has increased by almost 50% over the past week, The New York Times reported Saturday.

In Wisconsin, the state said 2,354 positive tests were reported Friday, with a positive testing rate of 17.6%. Eighteen deaths were recorded Friday from COVID-19.

Gov. Tony Evers issued an emergency order Tuesday mandating that public indoor gatherings not exceed occupancy rates of 25%.

“Wisconsin is now a COVID-19 hotspot,” Evers said in a statement. “Wisconsin must use all its tools, including keeping people physically apart and wearing face coverings, to slow this dangerous spike. The consequences of failing to act could be devastating and deadly.”

Scenes from the White House as coronavirus hot spot

White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern speaks to members of the White House press corps about the status of President Donald Trump’s health as he recovers from coronavirus outside of the West Wing of the White House on Wednesday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI | License Photo

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An internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night shows that the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States and the nationwide usage of intensive care units are both on the rise in week-over-week comparisons.

There were 306,965 new cases confirmed during the period of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, a 4.8% increase from the previous week. There were also 4,860 coronavirus-related fatalities recorded during the period of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, a 4.6% decrease compared with the week prior, according to the memo.

Meanwhile, the national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 4.5% to 5.4% in week-to-week comparisons. Currently, 23% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of beds full in their intensive care units. That figure was 17-18% during the summertime peak, the memo said.

The memo, which is circulated to the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on COVID-19 response, shows that 32 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of infections, while 8 jurisdictions are at a plateau and 16 others are in a downward trend.

In Florida, 75% of ICU beds statewide are occupied. The number of new COVID-19 deaths doubled in Duval County in week-to-week comparisons, while Sumter County recently reported a single-day positivity rate for COVID-19 tests of over 20%, according to the memo.

Kentucky reported its highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases on Oct. 3. Nearly half of current cases in northern Kentucky are patients younger than 40, and approximately 40% of them are under 30. The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has been increasing statewide since the end of September, the memo said.

The seven-day COVID-19 hospitalization rate continues to rise in Minnesota, reaching its highest since June 1 at 9.8 per 100,000 population, according to the memo.

In Ohio, the number of new COVID-19 cases has more than doubled in Muskingum County between the weeks ending Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Outbreaks have been discovered at four social clubs there, according to the memo.

Wisconsin’s seven-day COVID-19 death rate has increased 139% from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. The seven-day COVID-19 hospitalization rate also continues to climb, with Wisconsin reporting a peak of 16.4 per 100,000 population on Oct. 4. The state saw a record high of 782 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 5, more than double the amount a month earlier. As of Oct. 4, 84% of ICU beds statewide were in use. Local health departments in the counties of Fox Valley, Door and Manitowoc report seeing so many new cases that they are unable to conduct tests or

New Cases Above 1,000 For Second Straight Day In Virginia

VIRGINIA — On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,067 new coronavirus cases, the second day of cases being above 1,000 since Sept. 18. The seven-day average of new cases has been below 1,000 since Sept. 18 and now stands at 818. The cumulative numbers of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia stand at 151,870 cases, 11,221 hospitalizations and 3,273 deaths.

The northern region led the state Sunday with 268 new cases, followed by the southwest region with 242 cases, eastern region with 237, central region with 184, and northwest region with 136.

However, data on positive rates of tests shows Northern Virginia has the lowest average. The seven-day averages of PCR tests by region are 6.2 percent in the southwest region, 5 percent in the northwest region, 4.7 percent in the eastern region, 4.4 percent in the central region. 4.2 percent in the northern region. Statewide, the positive average is 4.8 percent and 2,127,394 PCR tests have been completed, up 13,516 tests from Saturday.

Looking at VDH’s new Pandemic Metrics dashboard, Northern Virginia’s community transmission extent for the week ending on Sept. 26 was low with a decreasing trend. In the near southwest region, the community transmission is considered “substantial” but also with a decreasing trend. The far southwest, central, northwest and eastern regions have moderate community transmission, according to the weekly data.

COVID-19 hospitalizations stand at 877 statewide. That includes 229 in the central region, 197 in the eastern region, 189 in the northern region, 161 in the southwest region, and 101 in the northwest region. According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, 17,848 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals.

The current hospitalizations, as of Sunday, include 197 in the intensive care units and 98 on ventilators. Ventilator use stands at 20 percent among all Virginia hospital patients, and ICU occupancy is at 73 percent. There are no hospitals reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment in the next 72 hours.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area between Saturday and Sunday:

  • Alexandria: 3,912 cases, 326 hospitalizations, 70 deaths; increase of 19 cases

  • Arlington County: 4,045 cases, 505 hospitalizations, 151 deaths; increase of 19 cases

  • Fairfax County: 21,282 cases, 2,178 hospitalizations, 590 deaths; increase of 106 cases and two hospitalizations

  • Fairfax City: 139 cases, 14 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of two cases

  • Falls Church: 72 cases, 13 hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes

  • Loudoun County: 6,985 cases, 437 hospitalizations, 126 deaths; increase of 31 cases

  • Manassas: 1,947 cases, 130 hospitalizations, 24 deaths; increase of 11 cases

  • Manassas Park: 616 cases, 55 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of three cases

  • Prince William County: 12,744 cases, 924 hospitalizations, 209 deaths; increase of 77 cases and one hospitalization

  • Fredericksburg: 552 cases, 49 hospitalizations, five deaths; increase of two cases

  • Spotsylvania County: 2,187 cases, 136 hospitalizations, 46 deaths; increase of 10 cases

  • Stafford County: 2,065 cases, 161 hospitalizations, 17 deaths; increase of seven cases

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This article originally appeared on the Old Town Alexandria Patch

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