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US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 18, 2020 04:36PM
and in other news (for real) the murderous Donald Trump is planning to go ahead with the White House turkey pardoning ceremony...because that's the best way to confront this massive wave of disease and death sweeping America.

US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths

More than a quarter-million Americans have died from complications of COVID-19, the disease caused by a coronavirus that is tearing massive holes in states across the nation, as health experts warn the death toll could double in the coming months.

NBC News reported the death toll crossed the 250,000 mark on Wednesday. Other counts maintained by Johns Hopkins University and The New York Times were slightly below that figure.

The United States continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic, accounting for a hugely disproportionate share of cases and deaths even as the virus begins spreading more widely in European countries.

Virtually every indicator in the U.S. is flashing bright red alarms: The country has recorded more than 100,000 new cases on every day since the Nov. 3 election. More than 73,000 Americans are being treated in hospitals, an all-time high. Of those, 14,000 are in intensive care units. The number of tests conducted on a given day is rising, but so too is the percentage of those tests that come back positive, a sign that the virus is spreading faster than testing is expanding.

“This is a disaster waiting to happen,” said Kelli Drenner, a public health expert at the University of Houston. “People are letting their guard down, expanding their bubbles.”

If states were counted individually against other nations, 15 of the 20 worst outbreaks in the world on a per capita basis would be American states. Eight states — the Dakotas, Iowa, Wyoming, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Montana — have worse per capita outbreaks than any other country in the world. Case counts increased in 46 states and the District of Columbia week over week.

Fourteen states recorded more than 30,000 new cases in the last week. Illinois reported the highest number, 85,742. Only three states — Vermont, Maine and Hawaii — saw fewer than one in a thousand residents test positive for the virus last week.
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Re: US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 18, 2020 04:42PM
In North Dakota and South Dakota, more than 1 percent of the population tested positive in the last week.
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Re: US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 18, 2020 04:54PM
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Delusional COVID Truthers Try to Invade Hospital

[A] big red heart fashioned with five dozen Post-its was in one of the windows of the intensive care unit at Utah Valley Hospital when the conspiracy theorists pulled into a parking lot that they found to be suspiciously empty.

... The belief [that Covid is a hoax] is shared by the conspiracy theorists who made repeated visits to the hospital in recent weeks. They decided that the small number of cars outside the Provo facility was evidence that the pandemic is a hoax. They entered the hospital with video cameras seeking to film what they believed would be an equally empty ICU.

Fortunately, they couldn’t find it. But it is indeed full, and visitors are strictly limited (for obvious reasons), resulting in few cars in the parking lot. Duh.

But logic has never been these folks‘ long suit...
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Re: US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 18, 2020 04:56PM
In some areas the number of positive results has been over 40%.

Dang. I forgot to make a 300,000 dead post but the CDC reporting 299,000 excess deaths 30 days ago kind of threw me off. The daily death rate is right about 1000 and going up.

That meas the total adjusted estimated deaths should be at least 330,000.



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Re: US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 18, 2020 05:16PM
And in other news, GunViolenceArchive.org shows the current tally of mass shootings at 560. We might make it to a stunning new record of 600 for the year.



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Re: US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 18, 2020 06:47PM
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pdq
Fortunately, they couldn’t find it. But it is indeed full, and visitors are strictly limited (for obvious reasons), resulting in few cars in the parking lot. Duh....

Also, long-term hospital parking gets really expensive.



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Re: US reaches grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: November 19, 2020 10:33AM
900 staff of Midwest Mayo Clinic have tested positive in the past 2 weeks.
Locally we've had more providers than I can count get the virus.

What's our plan when we run out of uninfected hospital staff?
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