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U.S. tops 215K COVID-19 deaths; Dr. Anthony Fauci says ‘we’re in a bad place’

Oct. 13 (UPI) — The national death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 215,000, according to updated figures Tuesday from research at Johns Hopkins University.

The data showed about 215,100 coronavirus deaths and an addition of about 41,700 cases nationwide on Monday. The figure is a decrease from about 44,600 cases a day earlier, which followed four straight days over 50,000.

There were an additional 300 deaths on Monday, according to the data, which also showed a total of 7.8 million cases nationwide since the start of the pandemic.

The data came on the same day researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University said U.S. deaths during the first five months of the health crisis may have been undercounted by as many as 75,000.

Over the past week, new cases nationwide have averaged almost 50,000 — a substantial increase over the previous week.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CNBC Monday the United States is in a “bad place” with the colder months approaching.

“We have got to turn this around,” he said.

“We have got to convince Americans that public health measures do not mean shutting the country down,” he added. “It’s actually an avenue to keeping the country open.”

Later Monday, Johnson & Johnson announced it had paused a late-stage human trial for its potential vaccine due to an adverse reaction in one of the volunteers.

Johnson & Johnson executive Joseph Wolk said although it’s a setback, the pause in the trial should reassure Americans that the company is following strict scientific and safety standards.

“We’re letting safety protocol follow proper procedure here,” he said, noting that adverse events in large trials are not uncommon.

In Colorado, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock warned that a surge in cases has brought the city to a “fork in the road,” as its seven-day average reached a record high.

The city, he said, could impose new restrictions if the trends don’t change quickly.

“That means our capacity in restaurants, retail business, event spaces and personal services, among others, get cut in half,” Hancock said. “When so many business right now are struggling just to stay open, that would mean absolute devastation to those businesses.”

In Montana, the state’s most populous county imposed new restrictions as hospital officials warned healthcare facilities are becoming overwhelmed.

Yellowstone County health officer John Felton said places of worship will be capped at 50% of regular capacity and no more than 25 people will be allowed to gather in any one place, indoors or outdoors. The county has a positivity rate of 62 per 100,000 people, among the highest in the nation.

At 54 positive cases per 100,000, Montana’s rate is the third-highest in the United States and trails only North and South Dakota, according to the Brown School of Public Health.

Billings Clinic CEO Scott Ellner has told business leaders the surge is “putting a tremendous strain” on the healthcare system.

“While we remain open and we are making adjustments, our health

Coronavirus live updates: US case count tops 7.5 million

There were 43,563 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, driving the country’s cumulative total past 7.5 million, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The latest daily tally is far less than the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.

An additional 705 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Tuesday, down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.

A total of 7,501,816 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 210,909 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has hovered around 40,000 in recent weeks.

An internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night shows that the number of new cases recorded in the United States as well as the number of new deaths are both down in week-over-week comparisons.

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