US surpasses record 200K daily cases; Los Angeles issues new stay-at-home order as virus surges

More than 200,000 COVID-19 cases were reported in the U.S. on Friday, an all-time high reached about three weeks after the nation first reported 100,000 daily cases on Nov. 4.

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Meanwhile, the U.S. surpassed 13 million cases on Friday.

That rapid doubling, as reported by Johns Hopkins University, is reminiscent of the virus’ growth this spring, when exponential spread prompted widespread restrictions across the country in an effort to control the virus.



a group of people in a room: EMT Giselle Dorgalli, second from right, looks at a monitor while performing chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.


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EMT Giselle Dorgalli, second from right, looks at a monitor while performing chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

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Los Angeles County adopts new stay-at-home order as Covid-19 cases rise

Health officials in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, announced a new Covid-19 stay-at-home order Friday that will ban most public and private gatherings.



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The new restrictions, to take effect Monday and to stay in place at least until Dec. 20, will prohibit public and private gatherings except for those people already living together. Religious services and protests will be exempted.

“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement Friday.

The new rules affecting the county’s 10 million residents will limit essential retailers to 35 percent capacity and non-essential stores to 20 percent. Outdoor fitness centers and museums will be limited to 50 percent normal capacity, and gatherings at beaches

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BMO, CIBC Extend Work From Home to April as Canada Cases Surge

(Bloomberg) — Bank of Montreal and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce are extending work-from-home plans for some employees by at least four months as coronavirus cases surge across the country.



a person standing in front of a building: Signage is displayed outside the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in the financial district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Canadian stocks declined with global markets, as authorities struggled to keep the coronavirus from spreading more widely outside China. However, investors flocking to safe havens such as gold offset the sell-off in Canada's stock market.


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Signage is displayed outside the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in the financial district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Canadian stocks declined with global markets, as authorities struggled to keep the coronavirus from spreading more widely outside China. However, investors flocking to safe havens such as gold offset the sell-off in Canada’s stock market.

The majority of CIBC employees who are already working off-site will continue to do so until at least April, Sandy Sharman, head of the bank’s people, culture and brand team, said in a memo to staff Wednesday. The bank had originally advised the employees they’d be working from home until at least the end of the year.

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N.Y. Sees Most New Cases Since April; Europe Curbs: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Infection rates are accelerating in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain West after sweeping through states in the Midwest. A growing number of hospitals canceled or delayed some planned medical procedures to preserve staff and beds. The death toll in U.S. nursing homes and long-term care facilities topped 100,000.

U.S. airline traffic rose as some Americans traveled for Thanksgiving despite warnings from health officials. A top European Union official said relaxing restrictions too swiftly could unleash a fresh virus wave onto already-strained hospitals.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed tighter restrictions to regional leaders in a meeting Wednesday. In a briefing paper, the federal government suggested a further reduction in the number of customers allowed in shops and tighter measures in schools located in infection hotspots.

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Los Angeles to consider stay-home order as COVID cases rise

An “impressive and alarming surge” of more than 6,000 new cases put Los Angeles County over a five-day average of 4,500 cases per day, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday. She declined to take action until county supervisors meet Tuesday.

If the county orders residents to stay home, it would be the first such action since mid-March when Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom followed the lead of several counties and issued a statewide order that closed schools and severely restricted movement, except for essential workers and for people buy groceries or pick up food.

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Nearly 75 Percent of Americans Say They Plan to Stay Home This Thanksgiving Amid Surge of COVID Cases: Poll

Nearly three in four Americans say they plan to stay home this Thanksgiving amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, according to a new poll.



a person sitting in a room: Medical staff members sort lines and pipes connected to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 19, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,140,000 cases, including over 20,600 deaths.


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Medical staff members sort lines and pipes connected to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 19, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,140,000 cases, including over 20,600 deaths.

The poll, which was conducted by Monmouth University, found 74 percent of Americans saying they plan to stay home on Thanksgiving. Among the remaining percentages, the poll found 10 percent saying they plan to travel overnight, 13 percent saying they plan to drive to another place and back in the same day and 3 percent said they didn’t know.

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College students head home as coronavirus cases spike



a statue in front of a brick building: All students and staff at Plymouth State have been tested weekly for coronavirus.


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All students and staff at Plymouth State have been tested weekly for coronavirus.

When Dr. Deborah Birx hit the road earlier this year to take her message of coronavirus prevention to towns and cities across the country, she made a point of including college campuses.

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There she could see how universities were adapting in the pandemic with social distancing, mask wearing and introducing testing regimes.

And the senior member of the White House coronavirus task force also had a message for students: Don’t take coronavirus home for Thanksgiving.

At Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, she said: “We will have to adapt this Thanksgiving, just like the students have adapted to how they interact with each other. This virus can spread among families and friends if you take your mask off and you’re primarily indoors.”

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The U.S. death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 250,000, including 1,700 reported Wednesday alone. Hospitalizations across the nation have exploded, with almost 80,000 Americans now receiving inpatient treatment.

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Still, some governors remain unconvinced that mandatory facial coverings are a necessary tool in curbing the pandemic. 

Thirty-six states have some type of statewide mask requirement. The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico require them, too. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a fast-rising GOP star, are among the headliner holdouts. Both spoke to the media this week. Neither budged from their position.

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Ducey, in his first news pandemic briefing since Oct. 29, held a moment of silence and prayed for victims. But he suggested that a statewide

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Schools want to end online classes for struggling kids, but COVID-19 cases may send everyone home

Math teacher Aaron Tomhave found it fairly easy to continue connecting with his students when his district outside of Houston shifted online in March. He’s a tech whiz, and he already had a good relationship with them. 

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But when the Splendora school district returned to in-person instruction in September, Tomhave noticed subtle differences with his new students: When he rolls up on his mechanic’s stool and asks them about their day and their schoolwork, he gets an authentic and immediate response. He knows that would have been harder over email. His students are grasping concepts more readily in person, too.

“There is a big difference between accountability face to face and accountability online,” said Tomhave, who’s been teaching for about 13 years. 

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Kentucky Veterans Home Records 24th Virus Fatality as State’s Cases Hit Record

Two dozen veterans have died in a Covid-19 outbreak at a Kentucky state-run nursing home, as the state set a new record for its highest daily total of coronavirus infections.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday that Thomson-Hood Veterans Center had recorded its 24th Covid-19 fatality. He made the announcement the same day the state registered a record 3,164 cases.

Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, a state-owned long-term nursing care facility in the Lexington area, has experienced over 85 infections among residents, 48 of whom have recovered. There have been 65 infections among the center’s staff. More than 50 have recuperated.

The veterans center’s deaths recall the pandemic’s early days when nursing homes and assisted-living facilities experienced some of the worst outbreaks. From the pandemic’s start early this year to June, nursing homes reported nearly 32,000 resident deaths linked to the coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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