Coronavirus News: United States braces for increase in hospitalizations after Thanksgiving


NEW YORK (WABC) – After the busiest travel day since the start of the pandemic, health officials are bracing for an expected increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations. Nearly 100,000 people in the United States are currently hospitalized with the virus.
In November alone, more than four million Americans were infected, more than double the total number in October. With people returning after the Thanksgiving holidays, there are new calls to limit gatherings, even if they are outside.

Meanwhile, a three-week stay-at-home order begins Monday in Los Angeles County, where more than 5,000 cases have been reported.

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Here are other headlines from today:

New York schools to reopen in stages
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public schools in the city will reopen in stages, effective Monday, December 7. in-person learning on December 7. D75 schools, all grade levels, will resume in-person learning on Thursday, December 10. .

Daily positivity rate in New York again at 4.27%
The daily COVID-19 positivity rate in New York City rose to 4.27% again, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday. The governor said the state reported more than 157,000 test results on Saturday.

1 million passengers passed through US airports on Saturday
Nearly a million passengers passed through U.S. airports on Saturday and officials are waiting even longer on Sunday despite the surge in coronavirus cases. According to data from the Transportation Security Administration, 964,630 travelers passed TSA checkpoints on Saturday, an increase of 560,902 on Thursday and 820,399 on Friday. Still, travel industry groups expect Sunday – with everyone returning from their vacation destinations – to be the busiest travel day since the pandemic-related closures began in March.

NJ Health Dept. employee tests positive
An employee working in the New Jersey health commissioner’s office recently tested positive for COVID-19, the health department said in a statement. The employee was last in the building on Tuesday, November 24, and is currently in segregation at home. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and some staff who work in the Trenton Department of Health Commissioner’s office will work from home and self-quarantine until December 8. The contact tracing process has started.

Closure of an illegal club with nearly 400 people inside
An illegal club with nearly 400 people inside was closed early Saturday, the New York Sheriff said. In a Twitter post, the Sheriff’s Office said MPs discovered more than 393 people inside a building on West 36th Street in Midtown.

Rockland County to Begin Testing Schools in the Yellow Zone
A week of coordinated testing will begin for school districts in the Yellow Zone of Rockland County. The Rockland County Department of Health has partnered with Good Samaritan Hospital to provide the tests, which will take place on Monday. November 30. Schools in the yellow zone are required to test 20% of students, faculty and staff within two weeks of announcing a yellow zone designation in order to remain open to in-person learning.

New Jersey reports 24 new COVID deaths
New Jersey reported 3,924 new positive cases on Saturday. This number is slightly lower than that of Friday. However, more deaths were reported on Saturday 24, up from 19 the day before. Overall, the total number of reported COVID cases has exceeded 330,000 and the total number of deaths now stands at 15,136.

Newark COVID Task Force Closes 8 Companies for Violations
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announces that eight companies have been cited for COVID violations. Mayor and Director of Public Safety Anthony Ambrose made the announcement on Saturday. They say that in the first two days of Mayor Baraka’s 10-day lockdown, Newark’s COVID-19 task force issued eight summons to companies that violated Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order.

NYC COVID Daily Numbers
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Saturday that 136 new patients had been admitted to hospital for COVID. In addition, 1,589 new cases have been reported and the average 7-day positivity rate is now 3.64%.
Los Angeles issues stay-at-home order as coronavirus rises
The three-week order takes effect Monday. It came as the county confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. The five-day average of new cases was 4,751. Nearly 2,000 people in the county are hospitalized. “We know that we ask a lot from so many people who have been sacrificing themselves for months,” said Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer. “Acting with collective urgency now is essential if we are to stop this wave”. The order advises residents to stay home “as much as possible” and cover their faces when they go out. It prohibits people from meeting with people who are not in their homes, whether in public or private.

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