SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 10.20.2020

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Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle coronavirus surge: “It just exploded

Coronavirus has invaded the heartland of America

COVID-19 in South Dakota: 658 total new cases; Death toll rises to 323; Active cases at 8,012
*Active cases are just under 1% of the state’s total population. 100 people have died in the state in 18 days. 

16 SD mayors urge public to take action to stop the covid spread in the state.

Mayor issues mask mandate for Fargo

NE: Ricketts says gathering capacities rolling back, new restrictions for hospitals

NE: UNMC doctor warns of compromised care if hospital capacity increases

WI: New COVID-19 cases near 4,000 as 21 new deaths reported

2,297 new COVID-19 cases sets daily record in Minnesota The surge in cases comes on a substantial increase in testing volume

Indigenous Minnesotans hospitalized for COVID-19 at six times the rate of whites

New Mexico sees 101% surge in hospitalizations

Rural hospitals in Midwest struggle to handle surge of virus cases

Sturgis rally may have spread covid across the upper Midwest

‘No surprise’ we’re seeing coronavirus surge in Republican areas, ER doctor explains

‘Overwhelmed’: Hospitals engulfed by rebounding virus – The pandemic is spawning new infections at a rate not seen since the end of July.

America’s newest wave of Covid-19 cases, explained – Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are up across the country. More deaths are likely to follow.

NY shuts down 10,000 person wedding as Cuomo reveals new COVID-19 plan – The strategy will analyze “micro-clusters” on a block-by-block level.

Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months

Slovakia’s PM demands mass testing of entire population for Covid-19

Switzerland announces nationwide mask mandate

Sweden ‘to start lockdowns’ as it has world’s 12th highest Covid-19 death rate

Spain recorded almost 38,000 Covid-19 cases over the weekend

Coronavirus ‘tsunami’ nearing Belgium, health minister warns

French ICU patients top 2,000 for first time since May

The health sector in French cities is “exhausted” and needs help, one mayor says

Italy unveils new COVID-19 restrictions as daily infections climb

Coronavirus in Germany: Angela Merkel urges people to stay home ‘whenever possible’ – Angela Merkel has called for solidarity as Germany enters a “very serious phase” of the pandemic. Germany has again set a new daily case record, as ministers call for thousands of additional contact tracers.

Austria tightens limits on social gatherings

London despairs at new Covid rules as northern England regions rebel

Wales announces two-week coronavirus ‘firebreak’ lockdown – Everyone in the country will be required to stay at home from Friday until November 9.

South Africa’s health minister tests positive for Covid-19

“Fauci: No Quick End to Pandemic — But NIAID director, in CHEST speech, was optimistic about vaccine prospects

We cannot rely on magical thinking: Herd immunity is not a plan

National Governors Association sent the White House questions about vaccine distribution

Newsom says California will review FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines before releasing them to public

Cuomo wants his own experts to review COVID-19 vaccine before NY distribution

UNICEF To Stockpile Over Half A Billion Syringes For Future COVID-19 Vaccine

A week after Covid-19 vaccine trial goes on pause, Johnson & Johnson and FDA won’t reveal critical details

Talking while eating & drinking makes 2x the airborne droplets as just talking does.

Many nursing home residents with coronavirus don’t show symptoms prior to testing, study shows

Covid reinfections ‘to be expected’ as virus spreads, say government scientists Reports suggest timeframe between recovery and reinfection ‘relatively short’ for those who contracted virus twice

A dynamic review of the evidence around ongoing Covid19 symptoms (often called Long Covid).
Website on Long Covid

Understanding how ‘overdispersion’ works is key to controlling Covid As few as 10% of people are responsible for 80% of transmission – and that must shape how we tackle this virus

Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic?

“Scientists discover genetic and immunologic underpinnings of some cases of severe COVID-19

Johns Hopkins Researchers Identify Immune System Pathway That May Stop COVID-19 Infection
Link to study

From Severe Covid Lung Damage In two early studies, researchers said some patients showed signs of healing just weeks after leaving the hospital

New rapid COVID-19 tests mean millions more people are screened, but many of the results are going unreported, health officials say

A rare Covid-19 complication was reported in children. Now, it’s showing up in adults. – “This needs to be in the forefront of every intensive care unit physician’s mind,” said one expert.

Trump administration announces deal with CVS and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccine to seniors in long-term care

Christopher Cross says Covid-19 paralyzed him temporarily

A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane – A Texas woman in her thirties died after she had trouble breathing while the plane was on the tarmac.

Even with China’s rigorous testing to allow a covid patient to go home, some were found to emit the virus in amounts that could infect others.

Can Frozen Food Packaging Spread Covid-19? China CDC Finds Live Coronavirus

Study found pigs could be infected with covid-19 but it was unlikely to cause the kinds of infections seen in humans

Swine coronavirus (not covid-19) could leap to humans.

NYC finds few positive cases as schools open

California’s feared surge of virus cases hasn’t happened

2 out of 3 Chicagoans who have had Covid-19 got the virus from someone they know, officials say

Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

CVS to hire 15,000 people as flu season collides with coronavirus

Mental health days. Meeting-free times. Companies are adding new benefits to help workers cope 

Tracksuits and laundry service: Companies are getting creative with remote employee perks

How a Florida hockey game became a COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ event

 

Trump calls CNN ‘dumb bastards’ for covering coronavirus

Twitter declares Scott Atlas to be fake news, deletes his tweet claiming masks don’t work

Birx confronted Pence about Atlas

Fauci says he is ‘absolutely not’ surprised Trump got Covid-19

“Trump’s den of dissent: Inside the White House task force as coronavirus surges

GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci amid Trump criticism

Government watchdog will probe Trump officials’ interference at CDC, FDA – Democrats had requested the GAO probe earlier this month, citing reports of political appointees seeking to steer the science agencies’ policies and communications.

For Trump, Covid-19 therapeutics are the new vaccines

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