COVID-19 Cases Increase Rapidly

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Day 261: Stay Safe Minnesota

On Saturday, COVID-19 cases reached 16 millions in the US with 297,818 deaths from the virus. Additional 1 million cases were reported in the past four days.

According to Johns Hopkins University database, US recorded 16,062,299 confirmed cases from coronavirus on Saturday with 297,818 deaths from the virus. “The US added an additional 1 million cases in the past four days. It took the nation more than eight months to reach 8 million cases but less than two months to double that, as the number of new cases continues to soar,” according to the CNN coronavirus updates.

Screenshot from the New York Times

The following current status of the coronavirus spread in the US, from the New York Times (Dec week of 6-12):

  • The country reached a terrible milestone this week, with more than 3,000 deaths announced across the country on Wednesday, Dec. 9. And conditions continue to worsen.
  • Just three months ago, cases in the U.S. were trending downward. Death reports were relatively flat. There are now nearly six times as many cases each day and three times as many deaths. Experts warn “the worst is yet to come.”
  • The nation is seeing steady case growth and explosive increases in deaths. Even with improvement in much of the Midwest, there are escalating outbreaks in the Northeast, the South and on the West Coast.
  • Many midsize cities are reporting deaths at their highest rates of the pandemic. We’ve seen weekly death records in the counties that include: Pueblo, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; South Bend, Ind.; Springfield, Ill.; Cumberland, Md.
  • California just became the first state to add more than 30,000 cases in a day. Its growth has been driven by a rapidly worsening outlook in Los Angeles County, where more than 12,600 cases were announced Thursday, Dec. 10, a record.
  • Virginia is among 19 states that set a weekly case record on Dec. 10. More than 26,000 cases were announced there over seven days, prompting Gov. Ralph Northam to order new restrictions on gatherings.
  • There is reason for hope, though, as vaccines move toward approval. States are ordering doses and preparing to vaccinate health workers and nursing home residents as soon as next week. An F.D.A. panel recommended the Pfizer vaccine for approval.

CDC Approves Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine

In the CNN Coronavirus updates: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director (CDC) Dr. Robert Redfield has accepted the recommendation of the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine may be given to people ages 16 and older.

Year 2020 was Deadly in US

In the New York Times: “The year 2020 has been abnormal for mortalities. At least 356,000 more people in the United States have died than usual since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the country in the spring. But not all of these deaths have been directly linked to Covid-19. More than a quarter of deaths above normal have been from other causes, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and pneumonia, according to a New York Times analysis of estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 13, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 378,823 (out of 4,888,424 tested) with 4,444 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Dec 13, 1:26 p.m.) there are 16,136,675 confirmed covid19 infection with 298,569 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 72,034,499 with 1,610,076 deaths.