The entire US is on high alert over coronavirus, and the White House's Coronavirus Task Force warns in its latest situation report to the states that the risk of COVID for all Americans is historically high.
"We are in a very dangerous place," the task force said in the report sent to and received by the states on Tuesday NBC News.
The report is sent to US states every week and regularly paints a much darker picture of the coronavirus crisis in the US than the public faces of President Trump's task force. It warned that the increase in infections and hospital stays after Thanksgiving could threaten COVID patient care, as well as overall medical care.
New cases per capita are displayed on a gruesome map in the report, in which almost the entire US appears as one huge hotspot. 19 states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and New Mexico, are among the top problem areas at least 500 new cases per 100,000 residents last week, according to reports.
A second map shows 27 states, including Dakota, New Mexico and Montana, that have suffered more than 100 deaths per 100,000 residents last week.
It comes after Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump's divisive appointee for the task force, resigned on Monday – the same night the president hosted the first of his 20 lavish Christmas parties planned in which Trump campaigned in 2024 in front of a crowd of mostly maskless guests .
The White House Task Force went so far as to tell local health officials that if state officials fail to issue guidelines and recommendations to protect people from coronavirus and effectively instruct health officials to do so, they must alert the public directly to the risk of coronavirus go over the heads of other government agencies.
According to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded the highest death toll in a day since April 30, with 2,597 deaths on Tuesday.
For the fourth year in a row, the number of Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 hit a record high on Tuesday. 98,691 people were hospitalized, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.
"I have no doubt that the death toll is going to rise … and this is a terrible and tragic place," Josh Michaud, associate director of global health at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the AP.
"It's going to be a very dark couple of weeks."
The director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert Redfield, issued an even worse warning, saying that Wednesday winter could be "the most difficult time in this country's public health history".
"The reality is December, January and February will be tough times."
Rising deaths and hospital stays in the US underscore the urgent need to get a coronavirus vaccine approved. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisers won't decide until next week whether to give Pfizer & # 39; s jab an emergency clearance, despite the shot having received the green light from officials in the UK
Meanwhile, CDC officials cut quarantine times for people exposed to coronavirus from two weeks to seven days with a negative test or 10 days without a test – but warned Americans, in a weak attempt to prevent it, not for that upcoming holidays to travel another "superspreading" event after Thanksgiving.
The latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force warns that "the COVID threat to all Americans has reached an all-time high" as 19 states recorded more than 500 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past week
A second map from the White House report shows that 27 states, including Dakota, New Mexico and Montana, suffered more than 100 deaths per 100,000 residents last week
The U.S. recorded 2,597 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday – the highest single-day death toll since April 30. This emerges from a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University
More than 180,000 new infections were reported Tuesday, but several states told the Covid Tracking Project that they reported data from several days, which was delayed by Thanksgiving
& # 39; National daily COVID incidence after Memorial Day but before the summer surge was less than 25,000 new cases / day and is now more than 180,000 new cases / day. COVID inpatients were less than 30,000 then, but are now more than 90,000; The deaths have more than doubled, ”the White House report said.
Federal officials have largely taken a hands-off approach, urging state authorities to bring the spread of the coronavirus under control, but not actively monitor the relevant measures.
This week's report calls for health officials to go over the heads of their leaders.
"If state and local policies do not reflect the gravity of the current situation, all public health officials must alert the state population directly," the report said.
“It needs to be made clear that if you are over 65 years of age or have significant health problems, you should not enter indoor public spaces where people are exposed because of the imminent health risk. You should have food and medicine delivered. & # 39;
It comes when the director of the CDC admitted that the US was caught on its back from the pandemic.
"This nation was severely under-prepared for this pandemic. I think we need to call it what it is," said Dr. Robert Redfield during a Chamber of Commerce Foundation event Wednesday.
“When I became the CDC director, I was unwilling to understand how little was invested in core public health skills and what it is the leading public health organization in our country.
"I have had a few states where fewer than 50 people have been employed in public health contact tracing, so there is a huge lack of investment and I hope this pandemic will change that."
The number of Americans hospitalized for coronavirus hit an all-time high of nearly 99,000 on Tuesday, marking the fourth day in a row
However, much of the pandemic response has been left to the states, many of which have struck.
More than 180,000 new infections were recorded across the country on Tuesday, with states like Kentucky, California, Delaware, Tennessee, Texas, and Arizona hitting a daily high for new cases, while Florida was the third state in the nation to have had a million coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
There were more new coronavirus infections in nursing homes in the US last week than since the spring surge. This is according to a report published Tuesday by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. There were 16,257 new infections in the week of November 15 alone, and more than 2,000 nursing home residents died that week.
One-day deaths were also recorded in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on Tuesday, and hospital stays reached record highs in Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, among others.
State officials cite delays in reporting due to Thanksgiving as a bloat on official numbers, but HHS documents received by CNN yesterday showed that the federal government views almost the entire US as a "hotspot" for coronavirus.
New infections in nursing homes have hit a record high since the spring surge in the week of November 15. More than 16,000 new cases were reported within seven days
North Dakota tops the White House list for most affected states after reporting more than 500 cases per capita last week. New infections, hospitalizations, and deaths eventually trend down after the state spent weeks as a top hotspot
South Dakota had the second highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the nation last week, according to the new White House report. There were more than 1,200 new infections and a record number of new deaths yesterday, although new cases and hospital stays have declined this week
The Covid Tracking Project clarified, “A handful of states today reported data for more than a day due to data disruptions caused by Thanksgiving.
"On the other hand, CO, NJ, TX, WA and WY only released partial updates today."
Nearly 37,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in November, most in a month since the pandemic's dark beginnings. They grieved families, filled obituary pages for newspapers, and tested the capacity of morgues, funeral homes, and hospitals.
Amid the resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to cope with the influx of patients that is pushing healthcare systems – and their workers – to the brink of crisis. Hospitals bring mobile morgues. And funerals are broadcast live or listed as drive-by affairs.
Health officials fear the crisis will worsen in the coming weeks after many Americans ignored requests to stay home over Thanksgiving and avoid people who do not live with them.
The toll in November was far lower than the 60,699 recorded in April, but it was dangerously close to the second highest figure of nearly 42,000 in May, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The death toll had dropped to just over 20,000 in June after states closed many stores and ordered people to stay home.
More than 838,000 new infections have been registered since Thanksgiving. Former White House medical advisor Dr. Jonathan Reiner said CNN could be "the mother of all superspreader events," as an estimated 50 million Americans took to the skies, roads and rails despite warnings of a CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci going on vacation.
Dr. Fauci warned Monday that the US could see "surge upon surge" that would lead to Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years. In an interview with WNBC Tuesday, he noted that the virus is likely to spread rapidly over the coming months, until between 75 and 85 percent of Americans are given a coronavirus vaccine.
Although Wyoming is the least populous state in the United States, it is the third most severely affected state in the nation, according to the White House report. Hospital admissions are just below Monday's record high of 239, and 15 residents died there on Tuesday
Kentucky reported record cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Tuesday
Although Florida has gotten a grip on the coronavirus since it became the nation's top hotspot that summer, the state was the third in the nation, after California and Texas, to have a total of a million infections since the pandemic began
He estimated that with this shot, normalcy could return in late summer or fall, and that New Yorkers' willingness to get vaccinated would be especially important.
"Since New York has a lot of tourists, it will likely be the whole country," he told the outlet.
But a vaccine is at least a week away – and probably more.
Pfizer filed for approval of its emergency vaccine on November 20, but the FDA won't meet until December 10 to discuss whether or not to approve the application.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, said Tuesday that the vaccine would be in the arms of Americans within 24 to 48 hours of emergency approval. However, Warp Speed documents received from CNN stated that the recordings are expected to be delivered on December 15, with a four-day window for review.
Coronavirus cases are increasing again in New York. Almost 9.00 new infections were reported yesterday and 69 deaths on Tuesday. Dr. Fauci said vaccination among New Yorkers will affect case rates across the country because the state sees so many travelers
California recorded more infections on Tuesday than it has since the pandemic began, despite largely on lockdown
It's unclear what the actual delivery date will be or what other FDA regulators would look into after the public discussion of the shot on the 10th.
Operation Warp Speed has already announced that 40 million doses of vaccine will be ready to ship by the end of the month, warning states that they will be ready for doses to arrive on December 15, following on from the one President Trump created Federal initiative advises pressure regulator.
"It's a whiteboard plan," said Operation Warp Speed's chief of operations, General Gustave Perna, during a press conference Wednesday.
“It should help us prepare. However, it is not limited to execution. And there is, without question, 100 percent no interference with the FDA and their very deliberate, painstaking efforts to ensure we have the right solution when and when they approve EEA. & # 39;
Meanwhile, the UK approved the same shot on Wednesday, based on the same data. The country also lifted its national lockdown on Wednesday, and the British will start vaccinating next week.
Many Americans have wondered why they have to wait at least a week for FDA approval for US firm Pfizer's coronavirus sting. Moderna's engraving data will be reviewed on December 17th.
A CDC vaccine advisory panel met Tuesday and recommended that the shots go to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities first in Phase 1a of the distribution. These recommendations become a guideline after a vaccine is approved and approved by Director Redfield.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced Tuesday that it will meet again later to make recommendations on who should be admitted to the next round of vaccination.
It could be a non-healthcare workforce such as B. Grocery store clerks, people with chronic illnesses who are at risk for severe COVID-19, and the elderly who don't just live in long-term care facilities.
Dr. Redfield suggested that vaccines may be mandated for some industries during the Chamber of Commerce event.
"I think it will be a decision that every industry will make," he said.
"I think there are certain industries that I think it's important to protect your workforce and some other industries that make sure you protect your customers and consumers can be important."
California receives the most coronavirus vaccine doses of any state. The coronavirus cases continue to increase there, although the state is blocked
Operation Warp Speed officials have promised that the first vaccine rollouts will hit all 50 states simultaneously. Although the CDC will issue a guideline on who will be vaccinated first, it will ultimately be up to states to decide who will receive vaccines first.
After considering more complicated criteria for the number of doses of coronavirus a state will receive, the federal government has now decided to distribute the shots solely on the basis of the adult population. It has already been indicated how many doses to receive.
That means California gets more shots than any other state in the nation. There are currently 9,049 people hospitalized there for coronavirus, and yesterday the state reported 12,221 new infections. It broke its record for new cases on Monday.
Texas will get the second highest number of vaccine doses – and it could use them. Texas reported a record 15,182 new coronavirus cases yesterday. It was the first state in the nation to have a million infections in total, and 9,047 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
More than 21,000 Texans have died in the pandemic, 170 of them on Tuesday.
This allocation plan could pose a problem for some less populous countries that have been particularly hard hit in recent months.
As the new White House report shows, North Dakota had more new infections last week than any other state in the United States. Yesterday, the state of just 760,000 people had 486 new infections and 12 deaths. This means that around one in 800 people living in rural areas has died of coronavirus.
Neighboring South Dakota ranks second on the report's list of hardest hit locations. The state reported 1,047 new confirmed cases and 244 new likely infections on Tuesday. So far 955 people have died there.
On the positive side, the state saw a record number of recoveries yesterday. South Dakota does not yet have a mask mandate and is expected to receive 7,800 doses of coronavirus vaccine.
Weekly coronavirus cases in nursing homes hit their highest high since spring, with more than 16,000 infections and 2,000 deaths in just seven days
WEEKLY CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NURSING HOUSES BEAT THE HIGHEST POINT SINCE SPRING WITH MORE THAN 16.00 INFECTIONS AND 2,000 DEATHS
Weekly coronavirus cases in U.S. nursing homes have reached their highest level since spring 2020, according to a new report.
In the week of November 15, no later than 16,000 cases were registered in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA / NCAL) announced on Tuesday.
In addition to the values not observed since the end of May, this means a rise in cases of 177 percent from mid-September.
In addition, there were more than 2,000 COVID deaths in nursing homes, the highest number in more than four months.
The report coincides with the impending arrival of coronavirus vaccines, when an advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Tuesday that residents of long-term care facilities – along with health care workers – should be the first to receive the bumps.
In addition, CVS Health Corp announced on Wednesday that the antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients recently approved by Eli Lilly will be carried out in their homes and in long-term care facilities as part of a U.S. government-sponsored pilot.
Nursing homes recorded more than 2,000 COVID-related deaths in the week of November 15, the highest number since the week of June 7
According to a new report, more than 16,000 coronavirus cases were recorded in U.S. nursing homes in the week of November 15, the highest since the spring
"Our worst fears have been fulfilled as COVID is widespread among the general population and long-term care facilities are unable to completely prevent the onset of COVID due to its asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread," said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA / NCAL, in a statement.
"Our healthcare heroes are doing everything possible to prevent further spread. However, this nationwide exposure to COVID is putting a significant strain on our workforce, our services and our testing capacity."
The report uses data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) between May 31, when cases were tracked in nursing homes, and November 15.
After seven weeks of declining infections in nursing homes through mid-September, cases increased in nearly all 50 states.
In the week of November 15, cases rose to 16,257. That is the highest number since spring.
Between mid-September and the week of November 15, the data showed a 177 percent increase in weekly cases across the country.
The surge correlates with the recent surge in new COVID cases in the general population, with weekly public cases increasing 330 percent to 1,043,040 in the week of November 15.
In addition, 2,016 deaths were recorded in the week of November 15. It is the first time since the week of June 7 that there have been more than 2,000 deaths.
Experts say it's not surprising that nursing home residents are more prone to death from COVID-19 due to multiple risk factors including age and chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
However, mortality rates have dropped from 31.7 percent to 12.4 percent since the spring.
Around 49% of all new cases of COVID-19 nursing homes were in Midwestern states for the week of November 15
The day will come when the CDC announced that long-term care residents will be one of the first groups to receive coronavirus vaccines once they are approved. Pictured: A wheelchair resident at an assisted living facility in Boston, Massachusetts, Sept. 2
The report also found that nursing homes in the Midwest were particularly hard hit by new cases and deaths.
In the week of November 15, nearly half – or 49 percent – of all new coronavirus infections were in nursing homes in the Midwest.
In fact, nursing homes in the Midwest have seen weekly cases increase by more than 400 percent since mid-September.
Officials fear the situation will not get worse until millions have traveled and held meetings over Thanksgiving.
"With millions of Americans ignoring the advice of public health experts and traveling during Thanksgiving, we are extremely concerned that this situation will only get worse," said Parkinson.
“At this point in time, long-term care facilities urgently need public health officials at all levels to take immediate action to take control of the community's spread and ensure our facilities have the resources they need.
GIVE US WHAT THE BRITS GOT: AMERICA REQUESTED PFIZER'S COVID VACCINE NOW ROLLED OUT AFTER UK GIVES OUR SHOT THE GREEN LIGHT
Outraged Americans want to know why the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was approved in the UK but not in the US, where it was developed and funded.
On Wednesday, UK health officials announced that they have approved the vaccine and that it will shortly be rolled out to those most in need.
But in the US, the FDA says it won't even meet to discuss emergency approval for Pfizer's vaccine or the vaccine that Moderna developed by December 10th.
Even then, it will be another five days before the first doses are introduced. This emerges from a document that CNN received on Wednesday.
Stephen Hahn, the head of the FDA, said it takes them longer because they can look at the raw data and determine for themselves whether or not they are safe, rather than relying on the drug company's results.
But with COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations at an all-time high and with millions of Americans desperately trying to get back to work, the urgency to get it approved is unprecedented.
The vaccines are also touted as largely safe and effective by science.
Scientists from Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's COVID task force, have reassured the American people that science is standing up.
Pfizer says its vaccine is 95% and Moderna 94% effective, which scientists say is a higher standard than most vaccines, especially given the size of the test groups in which they were used. AstraZeneca, another brand, says its vaccine is 70%% effective.
President Trump has put pressure on the FDA to act quickly to get a vaccine out.
Sources say he and other White House officials are furious that it was previously approved overseas on US soil.
"It's crazy to think that the European Union or the UK could approve a vaccine developed in the US before us, right?" a source said.
Dr. Hahn was called to the White House on Tuesday to explain why vaccines were taking so long to get approved, but so far there has been no public explanation.
The administration did not immediately respond to inquiries on Wednesday morning.
There are already concerns about how many Americans will willingly take the vaccine, given the increasing politicization under which it was developed.
It became a focus of Trump's unsuccessful re-election campaign, and many fear that it was used as a campaign tactic.
Others believe the virus and the entire pandemic are a hoax developed by the Democrats to encourage mail-in voting, rather than in-person voting, to fraudulently steal Trump's election.
There is no concrete evidence of this.
In an interview Wednesday morning, one of Trump's advisors for Operation Warp Speed said it was "very concerned" about the reluctance of so many people to receive the vaccine.
& # 39; It is a big problem that frankly the development process has become so politicized that it has created a high level of … decreased trust. No corners were cut.
HOW DO THE MODERNA AND PFIZER / BIONTECH VACCINES COMPARE?
Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech have both released interim clinical trial results for their end-stage vaccines, both of which indicate that they are extremely effective.
How to Compare:
PFIZER (US) & BIONTECH (DE)
mRNA vaccine – Genetic material from the coronavirus is injected to stimulate the immune system to make "spike" proteins and learn how to attack them.
mRNA vaccine – both Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines work the same way.
94.1% effective (90 positive in the placebo group, 5 positive in the vaccine group)
90% effective (an estimated 86 positive in the placebo group, 9 positive in the vaccine group)
The U.S. has secured 100 million doses for $ 1.525 billion (£ 1.16 billion), suggesting it will cost $ 15.25 (11.57 pounds) per dose. $ 30.50 (£ 23.14) per person.
The US will pay $ 1.95 billion (£ 1.48 billion) for the first 100 million doses, suggesting a price of $ 19.50 (£ 14.80) per dose. $ 39 (£ 29.61) per person.
Moderna will produce 20 million cans this year, which is expected to remain in the US.
The first vaccinations are expected in December.
What side effects does it cause?
Moderna said the vaccine was "generally safe and well tolerated". Most of the side effects were mild or moderate, but included pain, fatigue and headache, which "generally" were short-lived.
Pfizer and BioNTech did not provide a breakdown of the side effects, but said the Data Monitoring Committee "did not report any serious safety concerns."
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