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COVID-19 surges across U.S. as some hospitals stretched

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By Maria Caspani and Shaina Ahluwalia

Several U.S. states, many of them in the Midwest, reported record single-day increases in COVID-19 infections on Thursday, further evidence that the pandemic is accelerating anew as cooler weather takes hold in many parts of the country.

Indiana, North Dakota, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and Ohio posted daily records on Thursday, according to a Reuters analysis, while Florida reported more than 5,500 new cases, its highest single-day increase since Aug 15.

Twenty-eight states have reported their daily record high of COVID-19 cases in the month of October alone.

On Wednesday, the number of coronavirus deaths reported across the country reached its highest in two months. Increases in deaths tend to trail spikes new infections by several weeks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday formally approved Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir, which has been in wide use under an emergency authorization, for treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19. It is the first drug officially approved for the disease in the United States.

Since the pandemic reached the United States earlier this year, the nation has lost more than 222,000 lives, the world's highest total as well as one of the highest per capita death rates, especially among developed nations.

The autumn resurgence and dire predictions that the spread would further accelerate in the cold winter months have once again cast a harsh spotlight on President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic.

The Republican incumbent will debate Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Thursday evening for the last time before the Nov. 3 election. But with less than two weeks before the election, Trump's seemingly dismissive approach to the coronavirus has clouded his re-election prospects, with polls showing Americans losing confidence in his ability to handle the pandemic.

A report released on Wednesday by Columbia University estimated that between 130,000 and 210,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided in the United States, calling the federal government's response to the pandemic an "enormous failure".

"The weight of this enormous failure ultimately falls to the leadership at the White House – and among a number of state governments – which consistently undercut the efforts of top officials at the CDC and HHS," the report said, referring to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

White House spokesman Judd Deere blamed the pandemic's toll on China, where the virus originated, and the World Health Organization - two favorite Trump targets - and said Trump's actions saved American lives. Last month on the Fox & Friends show, Trump said he would give himself an "A+" for his coronavirus response.

HOSPITALS STRAINED

Along with spikes in cases and deaths, the number of COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals climbed to a two-month high. There are now over 40,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients across the country, up 33% from Oct 1, according to a Reuters analysis.

In Wisconsin, a COVID-19 hotspot and a pivotal battleground state that could help decide the presidential election, hospitals were feeling the strain from the surge in cases.

"We have a tremendous volume of patients in our hospitals right now," Dr Jeff Pothof, an emergency medicine physician at University of Wisconsin Health in Madison, told Reuters. "I think a lot of the hospital systems in Wisconsin are feeling really stretched."

Pothof said some medical facilities were beginning to turn additional space into areas where coronavirus patients could be treated.

"The good news is we had lots of plans in place," he said."It's that tightrope of meeting the need of COVID patients but not potentially harming patients who don't have COVID because we need to think about postponing their care."

On top of the health toll, the pandemic has weighed heavily on the finances of millions of Americans, who say they are barely getting by as Washington wrangles over another round of financial aid.

In Illinois, some residents planned to protest a fresh round of COVID-19 restrictions announced this week by Governor J.B. Pritzker.

A petition to the governor posted on change.org by a restaurant owner in St. Charles, Illinois, urged businesses to stay open on Friday, when Pritzker's restrictions in some counties, including a ban on indoor dining, are set to go into effect.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced a 10 p.m. curfew for bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses in the city for at least the next two weeks starting on Friday, to help stem the spread of the virus.

Lightfoot, in a news conference, said the city is on a path for tougher restrictions in the holiday season, including another stay-at-home order, if the virus spread is not better controlled.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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The US health system cannot keep up with the surging rise in Covid,while Trump is in denial

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 estimated that between 130,000 and 210,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided in the United States, calling the federal government's response to the pandemic an "enormous failure"

Those 130,000 to 210,000 deaths from Covid45 are on Trump.

Just one more example of how Trump has failed the nation, or at least the majority of the nation excluding his fellow 'elite' who continue to profit from his reign.

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Those 130,000 to 210,000 deaths from Covid45 are on Trump.

That's why he awarded himself an A+. He thought the higher the number the better.

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Pity the poor wretches in underdeveloped societies that lack universal healthcare.

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As the number of covid victims threatens to grow exponentially the true, pitiless nature of a virus pandemic is only now finally beginning to sink in even the densest brains of the biggest deniers and will inevitably be followed by the burning question of accountability directed at the clueless Trump's (mal)administration. Millions of Americans will also have to live with their own individual responsibility for this avoidable, collective catastrophe, haunted for the rest of their days by the guilt of "woulda, coulda, shoulda".

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The increases happening across all states with the biggest in republican ones.

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Pity the poor wretches in underdeveloped societies that lack universal healthcare.

Do you mean the US?

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Yes, this is "turning the corner" folks.

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COVID-19 surges across U.S.

And especially in states that had supported Trump.

RED STATES CONTINUE TO BE THE MOST IMPACTED

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/10/08/as-election-day-nears-covid-19-spreads-further-into-red-america/

But like Melanie's jacket read, 'I don't care'.

Trump, his family and their fellow 'elite' have the healthcare and financial means to skate through Covid45 problems.

Unlike the general population.

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But Trump said “We’re turning the corner”....

And surly he wouldn’t be as stupid and heartless to have the SCOTUS overturn ACA and take away health care from 20 million during a pandemic whilst creating a new class o 8 million with pre-existing conditions, Could he (he absolutely could be that stupid and heartless)?

And where is that replacement plan that was coming in 2 weeks (8 weeks ago)?

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Biden should have a health panel convene, on election day, to get ahead of this crisis, before he take office

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One of our resident right-wingers yesterday tried to claim the election isn't about Covid.

Ask the people in these states if they agree.

I guess we'll find out on the 3rd.

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Even if Trump is replaced by Biden you will still have millions of Americans who will not listen or adhere to the recommendations, it comes down to the individual if they don't want to wear a mask they won't, no matter who the president is. It will take years for the USA to sort themselves out.

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This is a really elongated corner that Trump says the US in turning in its battle with Covid.   Perhaps one of those corners that if you take at the wrong speed (opening up to early) you find your vehicle drifting of to the side and you have to apply the brakes or face flipping of the road.  40 states are experiencing increased numbers of Covid cases.  So in simple numbers it is getting worse in 80% of the country.  I guess there are no brakes on the vehicle that Trump is driving around the corner. 

Also, I watched the Trump released 60 minutes interview today.  Great to see he is still protecting his ties by using two hands to drink from a glass.

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COVID-19 surges across U.S. as some hospitals stretched

Quick, someone tell the President....

WH Staff: No way.....not me.....forget it....find somebody else....absolutely not.....go ask Ivanka....

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On Wednesday, the number of coronavirus deaths reported across the country reached its highest in two months. Increases in deaths tend to trail spikes new infections by several weeks.

But the last two months have been flat, so what does that even mean? I want to see the actual numbers instead of journalist opinions.

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But the last two months have been flat, so what does that even mean? I want to see the actual numbers instead of journalist opinions.

"I know things keep getting worse and the numbers haven't stopped increasing yet, but this time it's plateaued, I swear!"

Yeah. Right.

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Turning a corner and walking into oncoming traffic...

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Strangerland

I know things keep getting worse and the numbers haven't stopped increasing yet, but this time it's plateaued, I swear!"

Yeah. Right.

You are looking at opinions, I am looking at data. The curves have been flat for 2 months, so how big is this uptick they are talking about? Tell us.

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He is saying that they use the virus as their new policital hoax, something which you demonstrate every day.

I understand this is the line he has pushed, and his acolytes have swallowed, the so-called "red pill". I'm not sure why you think that those of us who are not extremist right-wingers would accept this fake news that he's made up that what he said means anything other than what he said. You do realize we're not Trumpets, and aren't deluded by his lies don't you?

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Well, at least we know Trump’s Covid plan now: https://trumpcovidplan.com/

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