Coronavirus Live Blog 10.16.2020

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COVID-19 in South Dakota: 876 new total cases; Death toll rises to 291; Active cases at 6,604

SD: COVID-19: Beyond the Numbers–the wait for a hospital bed

SD: Health system leaders at Sanford test positive for coronavirus

SD: As COVID-19 cases surge, Sanford, Avera look to free up space

SD: Sanford, Avera make changes as COVID-19 cases surge

SD: Avera relocates, suspends surgeries to free up staff to handle COVID-19 surge

SD: COVID-19: More than 100 athletes from Rapid City high schools quarantined

23 ICU beds, 243 non-ICU beds available in ND as of October 14

Mayors of North Dakota’s largest cities jointly urge masks, avoiding events

Wyoming Medical Center declares ‘Code Orange’ status, opens COVID-19 surge unit

15 Wyoming long-term care facilities now have ongoing COVID-19 situations

MT: Yellowstone County bars, restaurants, churches and gatherings get new COVID-19 restrictions

Montana adds 530 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

MN national guard called to 2nd nursing home to help with outbreak

Omaha: ‘Staffing is our number one challenge’: Metro hospitals bring in more nurses to meet demand

West Virginia governor announces a rise in Covid-19 cases among the elderly

Ohio governor reports record number of Covid-19 cases for second day

“Governor Lujan Grisham announces new restrictions to slow spread of COVID-19

N.J. now qualifies for N.J.’s coronavirus quarantine travel advisory.


NYC: COVID-Positive Rabbi Held Large Indoor Service In Borough Park, Congregants Say

Calif.’s positivity holds at all-time low as virus surges in some counties

The US is seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases. Small household gatherings are helping drive it, CDC chief says

US assumed to be in “third peak” of virus

Americans Are Dying In The Pandemic At Rates Far Higher Than In Other Countries

CDC’s ensemble forecast now projects up to 240,000 US Covid-19 deaths by Nov. 7

Density isn’t the key driver of covid infections

France’s new COVID-19 cases set new 24-hour record, above 30,000

France Imposes Curfews as Europe and the U.S. Confront Spiking Cases – France imposes a nightly curfew around Paris and eight other cities for four weeks starting Saturday.

Coronavirus restrictions to be tightened in London

Northern Ireland to shut schools, pubs and restaurants as coronavirus cases surge

Germany announces tougher coronavirus restrictions

Netherlands to return to ‘partial lockdown’ amid rising coronavirus cases – The Dutch government will also mandate mask-wearing in public, after long holding out on such a measure.

Portugal prime minister declares “state of calamity” because of Covid-19

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen walked out of a summit of EU leaders Thursday after finding out that a member of her staff tested positive for COVID-19.

More Swiss Guards test positive, raising concerns for pope’s health.

A handy chart to tell if you have covid, a cold, the flu, allergies or asthma.

NIH paused Eli Lilly Covid-19 antibody trial because of safety concerns

Johnson & Johnson halts coronavirus vaccine trial because of sick volunteer.

Dr. Fauci predicts COVID-19 vaccine could be available by April 2021

Who will get the vaccine first? Here’s where you might land in line.

“No hope of normality until JULY: Head of Oxford vaccine team warns facemasks and social distancing will be needed until next summer

Pharmacists will be able to give new covid vaccines after completing training

News / Air cargo not ready for ‘biggest product launch in history’ – the vaccines

Chinese drug maker offers experimental Covid-19 vaccines to students heading overseas

Nobel laureates call on UK to back infecting volunteers with Covid for vaccine trials Exclusive: scientists say such tests are ethical and could shorten pandemic

Bottle neck in covid testing is proprietary “cartridges” and other testing supplies.

Remdesivir for the Treatment of Covid-19 — Final Report

Remdesivir study finally published – an expert in critical care medicine gives us his verdict

WHO study finds no benefit from remdesivir on COVID-19 deaths, hospital stays. Other studies found some statistical benefit from remdesivir. The full WHO study can be found here.

A specific antibody may help covid invade cells.

Study: Anti-virus face shields allow almost all minute droplets to leak

Coronavirus testing lab ‘chaotic and dangerous’, scientist claims

Seattle man re-infected with slightly different strain of covid. The individual in the case had a compromised immune system that may have allowed the second infection rather than the different strain evading antibodies. A website that tracks reinfections found a number of the more serious reinfection cases involved older people with compromised immune systems.

South Bay man has long road to recovery from COVID-19

Bay Area family seeks answers about ‘brain fog’ after they all contracted COVID-19 

Richard Quest: After recovering from Covid-19, I thought I was safe. Now my antibodies are waning

Sudden irreversible hearing loss post COVID-19

COVID-19 and selective vulnerability to Parkinson’s disease

Celebrex and Pepcid used as a covid treatment

Covid antibodies could last 5-7 months

People with blood type O may have lower risk of Covid-19 infection and severe illness, two new studies suggest

A libertarian economic think tank promoted a claim that herd immunity might be a viable strategy for dealing with covid. The press pointed out that the large number of “signatories” included obviously fictitious names claiming to be doctors signed on to the declaration. The WHO came out strongly against it and some public health experts described it as “mass murder”. While the Trump admin has embraced the idea, the wider swath of the government has tried to raise the alarm about this idea. Dr. Fauci from the NIH called the idea “total nonsense” and that there is no way to protect more vulnerable people as described in this plan. Public health groups called it a political statement, not a public health strategy.

Fact Check: A CDC study DID NOT say that most of the people that caught covid wore a mask

CDC director speaks on importance of continued mask use, flu shots during visit with SC leaders

A Dose of Optimism, as the Pandemic Rages On

Eight million Americans have slipped into poverty as federal aid has dried up.

Millions of workers face jobless benefits cliff with lifeline set to expire – A Dec. 31 cut-off is poised to leave over half of people receiving unemployment benefits — about 13.4 million — with no income.

US: Jobless claims spike to 898,000 in latest sign of economic weakness

Risk of COVID-19 exposure on planes ‘virtually nonexistent’ when masked, study shows – It was conducted by the Department of Defense and United Airlines.

“COVID up at California religious school; leader slams masks

Teen on family trip spread the coronavirus to 11 relatives across 4 states after a negative test, CDC says

“One client in one spin studio that followed all the rules triggers a coronavirus outbreak with at least 61 cases” The indoor studio did not require masks while exercising in class. The “patient zero” in the incident had no symptoms.

Sweet 16 ‘super-spreader’ party in New York leads to 37 coronavirus cases, $12,000 fine – More than three dozen cases can be traced back to the birthday bash at the Miller Place Inn on Long Island in Suffolk County, officials said.

Monmouth University ‘super-spreader event’ led to 125 Covid cases on New Jersey campus – All have recovered as the school president pleads with students to follow health and safety protocols.

Beverly Hills bans trick-or-treating due to Covid-19

Americans may have to “bite the bullet” and sacrifice some Thanksgiving gatherings, Fauci says

College Says Students May Have Sought COVID-19 Infection To Boost Plasma Donor Payout

Hockey referee for games in New England tests positive

SEC football game postponed due to Covid-19 cases at Vanderbilt University

Multiple SEC schools to lose conference revenue for not following COVID-19 protocols

College football’s next steps after Nick Saban coronavirus diagnosis and high-profile postponements

University of Cincinnati’s football game against Tulsa postponed due to positive Covid-19 cases

“Saturday’s LSU-Florida football game postponed after COVID-19 spike

Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

Chris Christie says he was in ICU for 7 days battling Covid-19, urges Americans to wear masks

Labor secretary’s wife, who was at Rose Garden event, tests positive for coronavirus

Inside the Flawed White House Testing Scheme That Did Not Protect Trump

‘Get the kids back to school’: Donald Trump uses son’s COVID-19 diagnosis to push for reopening classrooms

‘Superspreader’ billboard takes aim at Trump ahead of Des Moines rally

NJ governor says no COVID-19 outbreak links to Trump’s Bedminster event

Hicks returns to traveling with Trump two weeks after COVID-19 diagnosis


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