Coronavirus updates: In one-week span, US reports highest number of cases since pandemic began; states struggle to contain COVID spread

The U.S. reports a new COVID-19 case every 1.26 seconds, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

10/27/2020 2:50:00 AM

The U.S. reports a new COVID-19 case every 1.26 seconds, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

The U.S. had more than 481,372 new cases of COVID-19 last week, setting a record for the most new cases in a week since pandemic began. Latest news.

Birx calls lack of safety measures in North Dakota's capital 'deeply unfortunate'The capital of the state with the nation's highest incidence of new coronavirus cases per capita has drawn a rebuke from the White House coronavirus response coordinator for its careless ways.

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Dr. Deborah Birx, whose tour has taken her to nearly 40 states, said Bismarck, North Dakota, has the worst COVID-19 protocols she’s seen in her travels, calling the absence of face coverings and the lack of social distancing in the capital city “deeply unfortunate” and a danger to public health.

North Dakota has ranked first in the U.S. for new virus cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has urged people to wear masks out of personal responsibility and care for others but declined to issue a mask mandate.

Hospitals in El Paso, Texas, overwhelmed by COVID-19 patientsThe El Paso civic center will be converted into a medical care site and some patients will be flown to other cities as local hospitalsare being inundated with COVID-19 patients.The civic center site will have a capacity of 50 beds and can expand to 100 beds, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is also deploying two 35-member disaster medical assistance teams and a trauma critical care team to El Paso, Abbott added. The teams will arrive this week.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego on Sunday evening issued a stay-at-home order with a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., unless going to work or going to an essential service. Violation of the order is punishable by a $500 fine.As of Sunday morning, a record 786 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in El Paso, an increase of 71 patients from the day before, and the number of known active cases was a 11,321, according to city-county health data.

– Daniel Borunda, El Paso TimesDemocrats criticize Mike Pence for not isolating after aides' positive testsSenate Democrats on Sundaylodged harsh criticismsat Vice President Mike Pence, who plans to preside over the chamber during a vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Monday night despite several of his top aides contracting COVID-19.

The plans drew harsh criticism from Democrats, but Republicans mostly shrugged off Pence coming to Capitol Hill, explaining they were sure the vice president would do so responsibly. Pence was at a campaign event in Minnesota on Monday but had enough time to return for the confirmation.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., railed against Pence's plans and said the visit would put"the health of everyone who works in this building at risk," noting that Pence should quarantine as CDC guidelines dictate.Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday morning, according to the vice president's office.

– Christal HayesWisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz tests positive for COVID-19Wisconsin redshirt freshman quarterback Graham Mertz, who put on a sparkling performance in his starting debut Friday night, hastested positive for COVID-19.Two people familiar with the situation told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, that Mertz has had one positive test. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Mertz completed 20 of 21 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns in the Badgers' 45-7 victory over Illinois on Friday. Wisconsin is ranked No. 11 in this week's Amway Coaches Poll. A Wisconsin official declined to comment on Mertz's status.

According to Big Ten protocols released last month, athletes who test positive through point of contact (POC) daily testing will require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the first result.– Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal SentinelMexico health officials acknowledge higher COVID-19 death toll

Mexican health authorities acknowledged the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously reported, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths this year through Sept. 26.Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to COVID-19. Mexico’s official, test-confirmed death toll is about 89,000, but officials previously acknowledged many people didn’t get tested or their tests were mishandled.

Authorities had previously presented an estimated death toll of 103,882, after taking into account mishandled tests. But the Health Department said Sunday that they had analyzed databases to come up with the latest figure. The analysis picked up symptoms related to COVID-19 mentioned on death certificates even if they weren’t listed as the cause of death.

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UK police to enforce travel ban in effort to slow coronavirus infectionsA police force in England says it will try tostop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus infections.The Gloucestershire Constabulary will patrol routes from Wales and pull over drivers they believe are making long journeys. Travelers without a good excuse will be asked to turn around. If they don’t comply, officers will inform their Welsh counterparts so they can take action because Gloucestershire police don’t have the authority to fine people traveling from Wales, the department said.

The situation illustrates the patchwork of coronavirus restrictions imposed by authorities throughout the U.K., which has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus numbers, with 44,661 confirmed virus deaths. About 1,756 of those occurred in Wales, which has a population of about 3 million.

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Drying habitat makes Australia's platypus vulnerable, scientists say

Australian scientists pushed on Monday to list the platypus as a vulnerable species after a report showed the habitat of the semi-aquatic native mammal had shrunk more than a fifth in the last 30 years.

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Los Angeles Coronavirus Update: L.A. Passes 300,000 COVID Infections As Daily Case Number Increases Once AgainLos Angeles County recorded its 300,000th coronavirus case and its 7,000th COVID-19 death on Monday. For perspective, L.A. County had more than 100,000 cases than the county with the second-largest… Scary used gloves on gravel photo. What's the backstory of those gloves? Here's the latest deaths per 10,000,000 L.A. County residents past 90 days from L.A. County Health. Scary gloves aside, 96% of people dying every day in L.A. County are not COVID positive. I guess the reopening tiers are meaningless since they’ve never changed in LA and yet cases continue to go up. Devastating and horrific.

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Biden blasts Trump as U.S. COVID-19 cases mount and Pence staff endures outbreakVice President Mike Pence forged ahead with campaigning on Sunday despite a COVID-19 outbreak among his aides and President Donald Trump claimed progress as the United States set records for daily infections, prompting Democratic challenger Joe Biden to accuse Trump of surrendering... Fake poll.

The U.S. Just Set a New Daily Record for COVID-19 CasesAs of Oct. 23, there was a weekly average of 21.2 infections per 100,000 residents in the U.S. *its still the first wave a lot of them don't seem to care or believe anyone is dying - i think we need more stories of names of people and grief they leave behind. This wave is being brought on by the cold weather. Here in Canada it's only our second, and is predictably worse due to the fact that everyone is being forced indoors. The second wave in the US was due to the protests, which were outdoors.