Coronavirus Live Blog 10.23.2020

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Participant in Astra Zeneca vaccine trial dies. The person was apparently in the placebo group so it hasn’t stopped the trial.

CDC expands definition of ‘close contacts,’ after study suggests Covid-19 can be passed in brief interactions

America’s third Covid-19 surge is here. It was predictable — and preventable. – This is the US’s third major surge in coronavirus cases. Experts have warned it was coming for months.

‘At Capacity’: Covid-19 Patients Push U.S. Hospitals to Brink Utah officials issued urgent pleas and said they were planning to open a field hospital, which Wisconsin has already done. At least 14 states have a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations.

U.S. Hospitalizations Are Up 40 Percent in Last Month as Cases Near Peak

COVID-19 Surges In Rural Communities, Overwhelming Some Local Hospitals

Man who exposed lack of hospital capacity in SD, dies of covid.

South Dakota shatters daily COVID-19 record with more than 1,100 cases; 9 deaths

Traveling ICU doc/RN groups preparing to potentially send teams to SD

South Dakota to add at home saliva covid testing, national guard to do contact tracing

SDSU took a poll of pandemic behaviors in SD, including pandemic behaviors by political affiliation.

SDSU poll of SD approval/disapproval of government covid responses.

Overwhelmed by cases, North Dakota tells residents with COVID-19 to do their own contact tracing

MN one day death count matches May peak, most deaths are in long term care.

How Wisconsin Docs Are Handling the COVID Onslaught — Hotspots in rural areas, while university town Madison awaits its turn

Iowa covid deaths per capita about twice the national average.

Non-coronavirus patients have to compete for care in Utah’s Covid-19-strained health system

New Jersey governor says hospitalizations are highest they have been in three months

Pennsylvania sees 1,000 new Covid-19 cases for 16th consecutive day

Nashville-area hospitals report 40% increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations

Poland reports daily infections record as health ministry sounds alarm over hospitalizations

German health minister tests positive for COVID-19

France trials no-swab COVID test with results in 40 minutes

Greece records its highest case increase since pandemic began

Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses

Masks significantly reduce our ‘cough clouds,’ study shows

Use of Ivermectin is Associated with Lower Mortality in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 (ICON study)

Real-world effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and ivermectin among hospitalized COVID-19 patients: results of a target trial emulation using observational data from a nationwide healthcare system in Peru

Wyoming submits initial COVID-19 vaccination plan to CDC

Washington state health officials discuss COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

Older patients, women and those with variety of early symptoms most at risk of “long Covid,” paper suggests

Covid-19’s wintry mix: As we move indoors, dry air will help the coronavirus spread

Worried About Covid-19 in the Winter? Alaska Provides a Cautionary Tale The state is seeing record case numbers, adding to evidence that the virus is poised to thrive as the weather grows colder.

Is it safe to vote in person? Experts say yes — with a few conditions. – A brief guide to voting safely in person.

“Should you get a COVID-19 test before traveling? Here’s what doctors say.”

COVID Testing and Contact Tracing in RI, the UK, and NYC: a Personal Anecdote/Saga

Week-long event at North Carolina church linked to 50 coronavirus cases

Catholics, Jews say New York coronavirus restrictions violate religious rights

84 Michigan schools report new Covid-19 cases

Schools haven’t become COVID hotspots


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