U.S. Sets Another COVID Record; Hospitals Scramble
November 6, 2020 – Governors toughen rules for face masks and other restrictions as the still-escalating coronavirus pandemic continues to shatter case records across the country.
On Thursday, the country recorded 121,888 new COVID cases – a one-day high and on the second day in a row the tally topped 100,000, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Just a week ago, the United States struck 90,000 cases in 1 day.
The United States is approaching the 10 million total case mark, with nearly 235,000 total coronavirus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Cases are increasing in almost every part of the country, with Missouri, Alaska, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico reaching record levels for average hospitalizations over 7 days, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
On average, just under 50,000 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past week, and just over 53,000 people were hospitalized on Thursday.
Maine hit a record Thursday with 183 new cases in a 24-hour period. In response, Governor Janet Mills issued an executive order requiring people to wear face masks in public under almost all circumstances. The old mandate said masks should be worn when physical distancing was not possible.
“We had another day of record numbers of cases. This deadly and dangerous virus is spreading throughout our state, ”Mills said in a press release announcing the new rule. “Protect your family. Protect a healthcare worker. Protect the elderly. Wear your face mask. Save lives. It’s as simple as that.
In Rhode Island, new rules that take effect on Sundays require bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A stay-at-home notice is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Indoor rooms such as cinemas and places of worship are limited to 50% of their capacity and outdoor rooms to 66% of their capacity.
“Masks are needed whenever you’re around people who don’t live with you, including at the gym, ”the state website says.
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