US Marks Second-Highest COVID Case Count Since Pandemic Began

  • US Marks Second-Highest COVID Case Count Since Pandemic Began

US Marks Second-Highest COVID Case Count Since Pandemic Began

"It's the most dire situation our state has faced ever and so far in this entire pandemic", said Nora Meyers Sackett, a spokesperson for New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The modelling study, which mapped out various scenarios and their projected impact on the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States, found that universal mask-wearing could have a major impact on death rates, potentially saving 130,000 lives.

Also on Thursday, the number of COVID-19 patients in USA hospitals climbed to a two-month high.

Public health officials across the country are warning that the upcoming winter may be an especially brutal period as coronavirus infections rise to a third peak and flu season arrives.

Nationwide, 77,640 new cases were reported for the day, up from the previous record of 75,723 on July 29, according to NBC News' tally. In Russia, confirmed cases rose above 17,000 for the first time.

"Through comparative analysis and applying proportional mortality rates, we estimate that at least 130,000 deaths and perhaps as many as 210,000 could have been avoided with earlier policy interventions and more robust federal coordination and leadership", said the report released Wednesday by the Columbia University Earth Institute's National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

The record-breaking daily tally comes as the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached almost 8.5 million, with 224,280 deaths.

Since October, 16 states have reported their highest daily numbers of hospitalized patients since the pandemic first broke out, including Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to Reuters. In terms of sheer numbers, Texas reported the most new cases on Thursday with 6,820 new infections, followed by California with 6,365.

The researchers compared the COVID-19 response in the U.S. with other countries, such as South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany, and France.

In Tennessee, hospitals in Nashville said the have experienced a 40% increase in patients admitted for the coronavirus.

Dr. Jeff Pothof, an emergency medicine physician at University of Wisconsin Health in Madison, expressed worry about lack of compliance with public health measures in the state where some groups have challenged Democratic Governor Tony Evers' COVID-19 restrictions in court.

Eight states on Thursday set new records for single-day increases in cases, an ominous trend that is prompting some governors to issue new restrictions, including on bars and restaurants in some parts of IL.

KFF noted that Belgium is the only other country within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that has a higher rate of coronavirus deaths per capita than the U.S. But the high rate may be due to the way Belgium calculates COVID-19 deaths, as the European nation includes suspected COVID-19 deaths in its totals.

"If we don't get that and we have such tremendous prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, I don't see a great way out of this", Pothof said.

Some people have argued that the increase in COVID-19 testing may explain the steep surge in cases.

Global daily cases on Thursday reached 468,499, another all-time-high and on Friday could come closer to 500,000.