Minnesota at 'fork in the road' with COVID-19 cases
MINNEAPOLIS — Coronavirus case counts in Minnesota cracked the 300,000 mark on Saturday, capping an alarming 16-day run that saw 100,000 new infections and more than 700 reported deaths.The totals prompted state officials to stress that Minnesota still has a long way to go in trying to control the pandemic. While the number of new cases appears to have leveled off over the past week, deaths are soaring, with the state reporting 320 fatalities during that time — the second highest weekly total since the virus first hit the state.“We took 29 weeks to get to the first 100,000 cases and six weeks ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Chicago pilot plan for emergency mental health responses does not include police
CHICAGO — City officials said have revised their plans for a new citywide response on emergency mental health calls to include nonpolice responder teams, an idea pushed hard for several months by activists and community leaders.The plan for the so-called mobile crisis teams of clinicians and paramedics — without police — will now be part of a $1.7 million alternate response pilot to launch next year under the newly approved city of Chicago budget, city officials told the Tribune.Activists, however, expressed immediate skepticism about how well thought out the plan is, and how committed officia...
New York nears 4% COVID-19 positivity rate and 42 die as second wave spreads, Gov. Cuomo says
NEW YORK — New York continues to grapple with a holiday COVID-19 outbreak that shows no signs of easing.The state recorded an overall positive test rate of just under 4% Saturday, the highest number recorded in more than six months.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s policy of targeting clusters was effective up to a point but conceded that New York is now facing a challenge of general “sustained COVID-19 spread” statewide.With the virus spreading especially fast in the Buffalo area and hotspots on Staten Island and the northern suburbs, there were more than 6,000 cases recorded.The caseload wo...
New York Daily News
1 killed, 1 critically wounded in Arden Fair shooting; Sacramento mall shut down
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One person was killed and another person wounded following a shooting at Arden Fair mall, according to emergency officials.The sprawling shopping hub was evacuated around 6 p.m. Friday following the shooting. According to the Sacramento Police Department, two people were wounded and the gunman fled the area. The Sacramento Fire Department confirmed one of the victims died; the other victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.“There is no active threat at this time. Police will remain in the area as the investigation continues,” the police department said...
The Sacramento Bee
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CDC: US COVID-19 death toll could reach 321,000 by mid-DecemberATLANTA — A new report issued this week by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the coronavirus death toll could reach up to 321,000 by the middle of December.According to the CDC's "COVID-19 Forecasts: Deaths," models are predicting the number of coronavirus deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with between 10,600 and 21,400 new fatalities likely to be reported in the week ending Dec. 19, 2020.The model predicts between 294,000 and 321,000 total coronavirus deaths will have been report...
Tribune News Service
Delta cancels hundreds of flights over Thanksgiving holiday
Delta Air Lines has canceled hundreds of flights over Thanksgiving, citing staffing problems during the holiday period.With air travel demand down by more than 50% amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta-based airline has cut its staff by thousands this year through buyouts and early retirements. Thousands more are on voluntary unpaid leave.Delta canceled nearly 300 flights on Thanksgiving Day and 160 more on Friday.The airline said it now expects just a couple dozen residual cancellations Saturday and hopes to get back to a normal schedule by Sunday. It added the “vast majority” of affecte...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Texas reports 2,473 new coronavirus cases Friday
AUSTIN, Texas — State health officials on Friday reported 2,473 new coronavirus cases and 51 new deaths in Texas.The number of infections and hospitalizations in the state continues to climb, placing a growing strain on hospital capacity and staffing, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Friday’s numbers depart from a sharp upward trend in newly reported infections. The state reported record-breaking infection numbers on two days within the last weekThe record for new daily cases — 14,648 — was set on Wednesday. Before that, the record, 13,998 cases, was set on Tuesday.On...
SC reports most COVID-19 cases since late July, highest death total this month
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina public health officials on Friday reported 1,777 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest daily case count in more than four months, and a monthly high 28 deaths from coronavirus complications.It’s the third time since July that South Carolina has reported at least 1,700 cases — all three were this month — and the most confirmed cases reported in a day since July 23, when 1,870 cases were announced, according to state Department of Health and Environmental Control data.Nearly 200,000 people in South Carolina have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
CDC: US COVID-19 death toll could reach 321,000 by mid-December
ATLANTA — A new report issued this week by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the coronavirus death toll could reach up to 321,000 by the middle of December.According to the CDC’s “COVID-19 Forecasts: Deaths,” models are predicting the number of coronavirus deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with between 10,600 and 21,400 new fatalities likely to be reported in the week ending Dec. 19, 2020.The model predicts between 294,000 and 321,000 total coronavirus deaths will have been reported by that time.As of Friday afternoon, Johns Hopkins Universit...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: The COVID-19 vaccine is a gift from science. Accept it
In three separate announcements in recent weeks, three scientific teams at different pharmaceutical companies have given a weary, frightened world what it needs: a verifiable path to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, end the suffering and start the process of returning life to the normal rhythms of “before.”Imagine again going to work and school, to restaurants and concerts without significant risk of infection. Imagine being able to travel. Imagine hugging family members and friends. We are likely to get there in 2021 because a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine appears on pace for emergency reg...