Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

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There have been 9,487,080 coronavirus cases in the United States, and 233,729 people have died (Johns Hopkins). Around 3,743,527 people have recovered, and the United States has conducted 150,969,797 tests. Worldwide, there have been 48,107,322 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 1,225,881 deaths. At least 31,917,411 people have recovered from the virus. 

U.S. Reports More Than 100,000 New Cases on Wednesday, Following Second-Highest Daily Covid-19 Cases on Election Day; Hospitalizations Increase; Covid-19 Becomes Third Leading Cause of Death in Arkansas.

The U.S. recorded more than 91,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Election Day, Nov. 3, and more than 100,000 new cases on Wednesday, Nov. 4 (CNNJohns HopkinsNYT). Six states – Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania – reported single-day highs on Tuesday. And five states — Maine, Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska and Colorado — set single-day case records on Wednesday. The seven-day average for daily new cases now tops 90,000, the highest since the pandemic began and more than twice as high as the average during the low point in early September.

More than 50,000 people were hospitalized with the virus during voting on Tuesday. In the Midwest in particular, hospitalizations are rising steeply. Some Midwest hospitals are under strain as they work to provide care for large numbers of Covid-19 patients.

In Arkansas on Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Covid-19 has become the third leading cause of death in the state, after cancer and heart attacks. “It is a deadly virus that takes people’s lives,” the governor said. “We want to make sure everybody understands the seriousness of it.” Bo Ryall, president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association, asked residents to “please adhere to safety measures again” to help mitigate the strain on hospitals.

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